SASK15001U Experimental Animal Nutrition and Physiology, part 2

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Animal Science - semi-compulsory
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development


The main objectives of the course are to introduce experimental principles and provide students with hands-on experience with key methods applied in animal physiology and nutrition (whole body and selected organ level) and hence the tools necessary to carry out and evaluate results obtained from animal research under different physiological and nutritional conditions. The experimental methods introduced will focus on the evaluation of whole animal function and the metabolism of nutrients at both the whole animal and organ level (in vivo). Collated information from experimental research will be used in conjunction with biological models describing metabolic responses to a variety of nutritional and environmental conditions.

EANP2 students participate in all activities together with EANP1 students.  In addition EANP2 students will prepare reports related to demos and based on experimental results.

Learning Outcome



After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- Describe principles necessary for planning, implementing and evaluating data obtained from in vivo scientific investigations according to formulated aims and hypothesis.
- Describe major techniques involved in vivo studies of animal nutrition and physiology of relevance for animal science and feed/food industries.
- Demonstrate understanding of ethical issues in relation to animal experimentation.

- Design experimental animal protocols and use relevant legislation for conducting animal experiments.
- Work in laboratory with selected experimental techniques and methods applied in animal experiments.
- Evaluate limitations and advantages different experimental methods
- Analyse and interpret experimental results.
- Communicate knowledge in writing and in oral presentations.

- Cooperate within a research team with different degree of responsibility.
- Carry out animal experiments dealing with nutrition and physiology.
- Carry out simple experiments within other related subjects.
- Disseminate experimental results to professionals, lay persons and general public.



Selected reviews/research papers and a list of the literature to be used can be obtained from the course teachers.

Shall be enrolled to both course at the same times: SASA10150 Experimental Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Part 1 and SASK15001 Experimental Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Part 2
SASA10143U Dyrs ernæring og præstation
Theoretical lectures, practical demonstrations, lab work and seminars. Emphasis of this course is on theoretical background and practical experimental work. The student will be introduced to experimental methods, design and protocols, data analysis, interpretation of results and presentation techniques. Students will be offered opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with pre-selected animal experimental techniques. Students will throughout the course be working in groups.
The EANP2 course shall be taken together with EANP1 course (including Laboratory Animal Science part). It cannot be taken as a separate course.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 2
  • Lectures
  • 8
  • Practical exercises
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 66
  • Project work
  • 100
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Oral examination (including "PowerPoint" presentation- 10 minutes) regarding the experimental techniques and set-ups presented in the course and described in the project reports delivered prior to examination.
Exam registration requirements

Participation in 75% ofl experimental set-ups and delivery of project reports regarding chosen set-ups.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

More than one internal examiner.

Criteria for exam assesment

To pass the examination, the student shall be able to:

  • present the overall objectives and the basic principles of the experimental methods with emphasis on experimental setups conducted during the course.
  • present and describe in the form of publications (one extended: 6 pages and others: 2 pages) the experimental methods and achieved results from the experimental setups.

Specific knowlegde, skills and competencies, see learning outcome.