Genetics for Animal Management BIOL5270

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the underlying genetic basis of adaptation to the environment, and investigates genetic tools for animal management. It uses examples of studies on the effects of extreme environments on production and reproduction of livestock and the physiological adaptations of wildlife to harsh environments


This is an online course delivered over 10 weeks during the third online learning block which runs from April to June.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Completed Study Guide 70%

Genetic Analysis Exercise 30%

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an introduction to animal physiology and health in so far as it is affected by environmental factors.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Compare the major physiological adaptations of livestock to environmental extremes and their genetic basis

■ Describe and use some common on-line tools for genetic /bioinformatics analysis

■ Apply basic bioinformatic analyses to elucidate the genetic basis of adaptation to environments and artificial selection

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.