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Nutrient Absorption and Metabolism (2018)

ECTS credits

Course parameters
Language: English
Level of course: Combined Master and PhD course
Time of year: August 2018 (Summer-University)
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 135 h total
Capacity limits: 12 participants

Objectives of the course
The aim of the course is to develop skills in animal experimentation and quantitative metabolic physiology that enables the attendee to address scientific questions related to the biology of animal nutrition. This includes hypothesis formulation, planning of experiments, analysis of experimental designs, work with experimental animals, laboratory analyses, statistical analysis of data, critical data evaluation, and scientific presentation. The research questions addressed in the course will change along with the actual research projects in the department.

Learning outcomes and competences
At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Formulate experimental hypotheses in the field of quantification of nutrient absorption and metabolism.
  • Design appropriate studies that answers questions related to inter-organ nutrient fluxes.
  • Maintain catheters and draw blood samples from multi-catheterized animals and handle blood samples.
  • Select relevant chemical analyses for a specific research project.
  • Collect data, perform relevant calculations and do biological interpretation of results and present data orally and written.

Compulsory programme
Participation in all course activities is obligatory.

Course contents
The student will work with scientific problems in quantitative nutrient absorption and metabolism both in theory and practice. The course activities include scientific discussions on aspects related with nutrient metabolism, an introduction to experimental and surgical techniques, hands on sampling/animal experimentation and laboratory work, handling of data, calculations and biological interpretation of results, writing of a report, and oral presentation of data.

Four years of study, and preferably at least a course within physiology, anatomy or nutrition (or related fields). 

Name of lecturers
Peter K. Theil
Guest lecturers (Mogens Larsen, Trine Friis Pedersen, Uffe Krogh Larsen, Takele Feyera)

Type of course/teaching methods
Lectures, group discussions, practical hands-on experiment with sows

To be specified

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
A written report (in groups) and an oral exam (individual). Evaluation will be passed/not-passed. Master students will receive a grade (12-point scale)

Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University.

Special comments on this course
This course is held at Foulum, 8830 Tjele, which is located approximately 1 hr from the city of Aarhus.

30 July to 15 August, 2018

Foulum, Blichers allé 20, DK-8830, Denmark.

Deadline for registration is 1 June 2018. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than 8 June 2018.

For registration: Send an e-mail to Peter.Theil@anis.au.dk

If you have any questions, please contact Senior Scientist Peter K. Theil, e-mail: Peter.Theil@anis.au.dk

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