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Designing breeding programmes

HV0195 Designing breeding programmes, 15.0 Credits

Utformning av avelsprogram

Syllabus approved



Animal science Agricultural science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Discussions 1.00 1002
Exercises 3.00 1003
Project 3.00 1004
Written exam 8.00 1005

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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.



Prior knowledge

180 credits at first cycle level, of which
• 7 credits genetics/animal breeding
• 7,5 credits statistics-mathematics

and English 6


The course gives the student advanced knowledge in practical animal breeding and good contact with geneticists.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- describe how breeding organisations work and explain why the breeding programmes of today are designed the way they are,
- estimate genetic parameters, breeding values and genetic progress,
- design breeding programmes for domestic animals of different species, in various environments and production systems,
- assess animal breeding programmes with regard to different sustainability aspects and suggest concrete measures to improve these programmes,
- critically review scientific literature in animal breeding.


The course is characterised by a strong applicability to breeding programmes used in practise. The course gives an overview of the application of the sustainability concept in animal breeding. Examples of lecture topics are breeding objectives, economic weights and genetic evaluation, genomic selection and genetic diversity.

The students strengthen their knowledge through group discussions of scientific literature linked to the lectures. In a project that is carried out in groups, the students work with an assessment of a realistic breeding program. The project includes an ethical discussion of the breeding program.

The student trains various skills in statistics during the course, to use at examination and in future work. The student trains parameter estimation, genetic evaluation and estimation of genetic progress in computer exercises. Results of the computer exercises are also used in the project.

Apart from in the written and the oral examination, compulsory components occur within e. g. exercises, group assignments, and discussions.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed 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.

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 assumes prior knowledge in basic animal breeding and genetics.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Cooperating departments:
Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Replaces: Ersätter: HV0175
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Acriculture Programme - Animal Science Animal Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Animal science Agricultural science
Course code: HV0195 Application code: SLU-30001 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics Pace: 100%