Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 110
- Posted by:
- Joyce Kaplan
- Course Number:
- BMZA 110
- Course Title:
- Animal Nutrition
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Course DescriptionIntroduces various types of nutrients, the basic principles of nutrition as applied to exotic animals, principles of diet formulation, and important nutritionally caused diseases. Explores nutritional needs of orphaned animals, geriatric animals and nutrient requirements across taxa. Prerequisites: MTH 65 and (CH 100 or 104). Department permission required. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
Design a diet that provides all essential and desirable nutrients to ensure longevity, desirable weight, and well-being in captivity using scientific nutritional literature based upon the species, age, sex and health of an animal.
Course Activities and Design
The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations and class discussions and team problem-solving. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Quizzes and final exam
- Research paper utilizing scientific nutritional literature
- Preparation for and participation in team problem-solving sessions regarding captive animal nutrition issues
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- The nature of nutrients and their critical role in the maintenance and well-being of exotic species in captivity.
- Develop competence in nutrient classification, function, analysis, signs of deficiency and toxicity.
- Discuss proximate analysis, systems of energy measurement and the concept of ration formulation.
- Demonstrate an awareness of feedstuffs used in animal nutrition and feed manufacturing processes.
- Demonstrate an awareness of operations of a zoo commissary and regulations or best practices regarding the handling of a variety of zoo feeds.
- Develop diets for captive wildlife across a variety of taxa based upon their nutritional requirements throughout the various stages of their life cycle.
- Interpretation of data
- Proper usage of terms
- Locating and accessing information on feeds and diets
- Ration formulation
- Weight management
- Problem-solving in captive wildlife nutrition using scientific information
- Utilize best practices and regulatory standards in feed handling and diet preparation and formulation