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HV0189

Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics

This distance course gives an introduction to genetics of domestic animals, for example dogs, horses, sheep, cows. All aspects from the DNA of a single individual to the variation and changes in a group of animals are covered in the course. Lectures gives examples on how different traits are inherited and how breeding can be planned for different species. Exercises give the students knowledge about how the traits in the offspring can be predicted from the traits of the parents.

Here is a link to the public Canvas page for the course. The other information in Canvas is avaialble to students that are registered on the course.

All teaching and examination is done online, there are no compulsory meetings.

There will be an introduction meeting in zoom on September 9 at 16.00-17.00.

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The course evaluation is open between 2022-01-09 and 2022-01-30

Additional course evaluations for HV0189

Academic year 2021/2022

Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics (HV0189-M1300) 2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics (HV0189-30137) 2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06

HV0189 Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics, 7.5 Credits

Grundläggande husdjursgenetik och avel

Syllabus approved

2019-11-14

Subjects

Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

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.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to:
- 30 hp Animal Science
or
- 30 hp Biology
or
- 30 hp Veterinary medicine
or
- 30 hp Animal nursing

and English 6

Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide general knowledge in animal breeding
And genetics.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- explain the purpose of animal breedin in an easy-to-understand manner,

- give an account of basic genetics, organization of the genome as well as regulation of gene expressions,
- explain what biological variation means, what causes it and how it can be described,
- explain how genetic variation can be changed through evolutionary processes and natural selection and how genetic variation can be preserved,
- carry out simple calculations of probability of the genotype of the offspring given the genotypes of parents,
 allele frequencies, genetic variation, heritabilities and individual animals’ inbreeding,
- describe how genetic correlations and individual animals’ breeding values can be estimated,
- describe various types of breeding programs and assess their consequences for the animals’ welfare.

Content

The course starts with an overview of animal breeding and its purpose.
The course provides knowledge of Mendelian inheritance, organization of genome, gene regulation, the function of genes, gene families as well as central genetic and molecular genetic methods. The course also contains genetic variation, population genetics, conservation biology, inbreeding, measures of genetic variation and relationships between traits as well as breeding programs.
The course deals with both natural selection and strategies for sustainable genetic improvement of domestic animals. Ethical questions are discussed in the course.

The teaching is in the form of recorded lectures and demonstrations of calculations, as well as discussions and answering of questions online. The student strengthens his/her knowledge by calculation exercises and other exercises.

In the course, the following general skills are trained: problem-solving, written communication.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examination. Approved assignments and participation in discussion online can give bonus points for the exam.
  • 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.

Other information

  • 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 information

The course is given as a distance course with written examination in Uppsala at the end of the course.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Genetik

Course: HV0189 Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics

Grading criteria* and type of examination for the different learning outcomes

Grade 5

The student writes about basic genetics and organization of the genome in a scientific way with correct terminology.

The student performs calculations of genetic diversity and interprets the result.

The student compares and discusses breeding programmes and breeding strategies for different species and under different conditions.

Grade 4

The student gives a detailed definition of basic genetic concepts

The student shows in what way different factors can have an effect on the genetic variation

The student chooses an appropriate calculation method in a given situation

The student makes relevant choices of breeding strategies with defined conditions

Grade 3

The student explains the purpose of animal breeding in an easy-to-understand manner

The student gives an account of basic genetics, organization of the genome as well as regulation of gene expressions

The student explains what biological variation means, what causes it and how it can be described

The student explains how genetic variation can be changed through evolutionary processes and natural selection and how genetic variation can be preserved

The student carries out simple calculations of probability of the genotype of the offspring given the genotypes of parents, allele frequencies, genetic variation, heritabilities and individual animals' inbreeding

The student describes how genetic correlations and individual animals' breeding values can be estimated

The student describes various types of breeding programs and assess their consequences for the animals' welfare

Learning outcomes

1. Explain the purpose of animal breeding in an easy-to-understand manner

2. Give an account of basic genetics, organization of the genome as well as regulation of gene expressions

3. Explain what biological variation means, what causes it and how it can be described

4. Explain how genetic variation can be changed through evolutionary processes and natural selection and how genetic variation can be preserved

5. Carry out simple calculations of probability of the genotype of the offspring given the genotypes of parents,? allele frequencies, genetic variation, heritabilities and individual animals' inbreeding

6. Describe how genetic correlations and individual animals' breeding values can be estimated

7. Describe various types of breeding programs and assess their consequences for the animals' welfare

Type of examination

Written exam

Written exam

Written exam

Written exam

Written exam

Written exam

Written exam

* Criteria for Grade 4 and 5 that defines the additional requirements besides the underlying grading level(s)

To receive grade 3 (passed) the student should reach at least grade 3 on all seven learning outcomes.

The examination is a written home exam and an oral exam in zoom. The student need to pass both the written and the oral exam to pass the course. On the written exam, grade 3 corresponds to 60% of the total score on the exam. For grade 4, at least 75% of the total score is required and for grade 5 at least 90%. A very good performance in the oral exam can lead to a higher grade if a student performs just under a threshold for a higher grade on the written exam. There are four voluntary assignments that can give 2 bonus points each that will be added to the result of the written exam. Students will also get 2 bonus points if they contribute in the discussions in Canvas and answer questions from other students in a correct way at least twice. Thus, the maximum number of bonus points is 10.

1) Introduction to veterinary genetics
Author: F.W. Nicholas
ISBN: 978-1-405-16832-8
Comments: third edition, 2010

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0189 Application code: SLU-10300 Location: Uppsala Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics Pace: 25%