Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics
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Additional course evaluations for HV0189
Academic year 2020/2021Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics (HV0189-30137) 2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06
HV0189 Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics, 7.5 CreditsGrundläggande husdjursgenetik och avel
SubjectsBiology Animal science
Education cycleFirst cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to:
- 30 hp Animal Science
- 30 hp Biology
- 30 hp Veterinary medicine
- 30 hp Animal nursing
and English 6
ObjectivesThe aim of the course is to provide general knowledge in animal breeding
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.
ContentThe 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 examinationPassed 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.
- 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.