Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare
In this course you will learn about disease genetics, genetics of animal behaviour and breeding for improved animal welfare. Three parallel parts run along the whole course: lectures, case studies and own project work. Computer exercises are also included. The lectures deal with health and behaviour of agriculture-, sport- and companion animals. Scientific discussion is an important part of the course. Together with other students you work on different cases where you practice what you learn during lectures. In the individual project, where you raise a research question and plan a scientific study, you get the chance to focus on your favourite topic. This course is a good preparation for your future thesis project.
Additional course evaluations for HV0167
Academic year 2020/2021Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40021) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06
Academic year 2020/2021Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-M4021) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06
Academic year 2019/2020Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40117) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07
Academic year 2018/2019Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40113) 2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09
HV0167 Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare, 15.0 CreditsHusdjursgenetik - hälsa, beteende och välfärd
SubjectsBiology Animal science
Education cycleMaster’s level
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Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to
- 180 credits at first cycle level, of which
- 60 credits biology, animal science, equine science, veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine of which 5 credits genetics or 60 credits agricultural sciences (of which at least 30 credits animal and dairy science/zoology and 5 credits genetics)
- English 6
ObjectivesThe course intends to provide advanced knowledge in disease genetics and the genetic background of behaviours, and understanding of the consequences of current breeding for animals’ health and behaviour, so that the student can work for better animal welfare.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- in detail describe the genetic control of different behaviour and health traits, how these traits have been changed during domestication and how they can be changed through breeding
- predict the consequences of breeding for the animals’ welfare - describe how molecular genetic methods are used to identify genes associated with disease and behavioural disorders
- analyse behaviour and health traits and discuss advantages and disadvantages with different methods and models
- integrate knowledge of genetics, health, behaviour and animal welfare to solve complex problems within animal husbandry
- independently search, summarise, interpret and critically review scientific articles about the genetics of behaviour and health traits,
- communicate and collaborate with people who have different areas of expertise
- discuss ethical issues linked to genetics of behaviour and health traits and formulate a position on such issues.
ContentThree parallel parts run along the whole course: lectures, case studies and own project work.
The lectures are about health and behaviour of agriculture-, sport- and companion animals and covers epidemiological methods, data recording, parameter estimation, molecular genetic methods, selection, genetic trends and breeding programs.
Ethical issues and animal welfare questions are integrated in the whole course. The students apply knowledge from lectures and course literature in four concrete cases. The students work with these cases in groups. Different groups work with different species and traits in each case. The case is completed with joint presentations and discussions. Two larger computer exercises about parameter estimation and selection are included in the course.
In the individual project, the student plans a scientific study within the genetics of behaviour- or health traits, writes a research application, presents the plan orally and evaluates other students’ applications. In the project, the student may specialise within optional species and focus on behaviour- or health traits. An ethical assessment should be included in the application.
Compulsory components occur, such as exercises, group assignments and presentations.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
Additional informationThe course assumes good prior knowledge within Genetics/Animal Breeding and statistics/mathematics. Costs for study visits can be added.
Responsible departmentDepartment of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: HV0102, HV0103, HV0114
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agricultural Science Programme - Animal Science (270 hec) Animal Science - Master´s Programme Animal Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Animal scienceCourse code: HV0167 Application code: SLU-40005 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics Pace: 100%