First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
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Single cycle
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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5071617, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0065, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 4.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Teacher in charge CRISTINA SARTORI AGR/17

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

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: The student will acquire basic knowledge on the use of specific tools developed for livestock farms for data editing, data archiving and database querying.
Specifically, he will acquire advanced skill of Microsoft Excel to solve complex problems of calculation and databases management, as well as basic skills of Microsoft Access to handle livestock databases.
Furthermore, the student will be able to use application programs for formulating feed mixtures or diets for various animal species and for farm management.
Examination methods: The exam takes place in the informatics room and is based on the skills acquired during the course. It consists in a practical part using the laptop and based on handling livestock databases similar to those handled at lesson.
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: st 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: Tools developments for farm management using Excel: basic knowledges of Excels, data management; basic skills of Access intended for handling livestock databases.

3rd CFU: Management tools specific for each livestock species: dairy cattle, beef cattles, pigs, rabbits, poultry: data collection, methods and software; practical handling of livestock databases.

4th CFU: Specific applications for farm management: economic management of the livestock farm; feed rations management.
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; frontal lessons, single persons and group exercises, exam simulations and visits in livestock farms are intended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Notes taken during lessons and guided exercises provided at (Moodle Platform of School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine) as slides and files.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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