Postgraduate Course: Animal Genetic Improvement (PGBI11084)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This specialist course provides an understanding of the synthesis of quantitative genetic and molecular genomic information into the genetic improvement of managed animal populations through artificial selection. It discusses the new developments in the design of breeding programmes, genomic evaluations, molecular genetic techniques, metagenomics and gene editing as well as explaining how these developments are implemented into breeding programmes in practice.
This course is a requirement for the MSc in Animal Breeding and Genetics.
Course content will include: Introduction to breeding programmes, strategies and objectives; Managing genetic variation in breeding programmes; Application of molecular genetics in animal breeding; Genetic evaluation methodology & selection index theory; Breeding for carcass and meat quality; Poultry, Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Fish breeding; Breeding for disease resistance; Pig breeding and breeding strategies using the microbiome.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 15,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One centrally arranged exam (60%) and one assignment (40%).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Animal Genetic Improvement||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- On successfully completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the strategies, up to date tools and practise of artificial selection in domesticated populations.
- They will be capable of designing and monitoring a selection programme whilst being aware of the risks presented to closed populations undergoing artificial selection.
- Additionally the application of genetic improvement programmes in commercial populations will have been explored.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||AGI animal breeding
|Course organiser||Dr Sara Knott
Tel: (0131 6)50 5444
|Course secretary||Miss Zofia Bekas
Tel: (0131 6)50 5513