YAS-10306 Introduction to Animal Sciences


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Field practical5
Group work7
Course coordinator(s)dr. LE Webb
TC Viets
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BJ Ducro
prof. dr. ir. WH Hendriks
prof. dr. ir. B Kemp
dr. LE Webb
prof. dr. ir. H Bovenhuis
prof. dr. ir. IJM de Boer
dr. ir. RP Kwakkel
prof. dr. ir. GF Wiegertjes
Examiner(s)dr. LE Webb
TC Viets

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This course provides an introduction to the field of animal sciences. There is a large diversity in the ways we keep and raise animals for human benefits. This diversity is related to the different goals for keeping animals, including for example food production, company, care, sport, or insurance. This course makes use of lectures and self-study via five cases with questions and a practical project. The cases and lectures present the different goals of keeping animals and give an overview of several animal sectors in the Netherlands and the world, specifically cattle production, pig production, poultry production, horse keeping, aquaculture, fisheries and the pet sector. In addition, students get a broad understanding of the sustainability challenges resulting from the keeping of animals. Students also complete a practical project in small groups, for which they visit a company that keeps animals, conduct interviews, create a poster for fellow students, and write a report.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the reasons why we keep animals and the related sustainability challenges;
- summarise the structure and dilemmas of different animal sectors;
- analyse a specific subject related to a Dutch company that keeps animals, using literature, interviews and expert knowledge;
- write a report about the above analysis;
- create a poster about the above analysis;
- distinguish the different roles in team work for scientific research, organise effective and efficient team work, and provide and receive peer feedback.


- each lecture describes the structure and dilemmas and research topics of one animal sector;
- in advance, students study the lecture material and prepare cases (self-study);
- in a group of 4 to 5 students, a practical project is completed;
- the results of the practical project are described in a poster and report.


- examination with 55 multiple choice questions and 5 open questions (60%);
- group report (30%) including individual self-evaluation forms and reflection papers;
- poster (10%);
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


The material for this course is available online and includes: a study guide, lecture notes, and case notes.

Verplicht voor: BASAnimal SciencesBSc1AF
Verplicht voor: WUANSBSc Minor Animal Sciences1AF