ANSC 327

Animal Nutrition, Biochemistry and Metabolism

Course overview

This course is an advanced study of mammalian nutrition, biochemistry and metabolism, including the principles of nutrient supply and demand in animals. Plus nutrient absorption, rumen function, fermentative and enzymatic digestion, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, minerals, vitamins and nutrient requirements throughout animal life cycles.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):


  • Livestock Production Science, ANSC-213

Available semesters Semester 1 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $1,014.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Explain the energy and nutrient transfer systems of mono-gastric and ruminant/ pseudo-ruminant livestock.
  2. Explain the key drivers and requirements for effective rumen function.
  3. Discuss the pathways of energy and (select) nutrient use in livestock, including the biochemistry of these processes in the cell.
  4. Calculate intakes, energy and (select) nutrient requirements and use for livestock.
  5. Assess the formulation of diets for ruminants according to energy and nutrient requirements and rumen function boundaries, and evaluate ruminant nutrition experiments.
  6. Recognise the role of sound research and extension in the development and maintenance of productive livestock systems.

Course examiners

Jim Gibbs

Dr Jim Gibbs

Senior Lecturer

Department of Agricultural Sciences