First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Course unit
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK FARM
AVP5071617, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
AG0065, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 4.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK FARM
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CRISTINA SARTORI AGR/17

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 4.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledges of statistics, matematics, animal nutrition.
Students are suggested to have preliminary attended the courses on animal husbandry and production of the First-cycle degrees, as well as principles of economics.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge on the use of specific tools developed for livestock farms for data editing, data archiviation and database querying. 
Basic skill of Microsoft Excel to solve complex problems of calculation and databases management.
Use of application programs for formulating feed mixtures or diets for various animal species and for farm management.
Examination methods: The exam is structured into short/multiple choice questions about the topics of the course, and in a practical part.
Assessment criteria: To verify the ability of reasoning on questions about the management of a livestock farm, and of solving problems related to data archiving/managing, simple statistics calculation, feed mixtures formulation, management aspects.
Course unit contents: 1st CFU: Overview of management tools for livestock farms. Visit at experimental farm "Toniolo" (University of Padova - Legnaro), including a presentation of softwares currently used there.
2nd CFU: Management tools specific for each livestock species: cattle, sheeps & goats, pigs, rabbits, poultry.
3rd CFU: Tools developments for farm management using Excel: basic knowledges of Excels, data management, feed rations management.
4th CFU: Economic management of the livestock farm; breeding decisions (genetic indexes evaluations, inbreeding, sire choice)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Students will be guided into tutorials and practical exercises through which they will acquire skills to create and use databases to solve problems related to livestock management of different species; visits in livestock farms and group exercises are also intended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lessons notes and guided exercises provided on the website.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)