AGRI 1419
Introductory Animal Science

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: Scientific animal production and the importance of livestock and meat industries. Selection, reproduction, nutrition, management, and marketing of livestock.
    2. Lab:  The required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Explain the role of animal agriculture in providing benefits for mankind.
    2. Identify common livestock breeds and classes.
    3. Define terminology specific to animal science disciplines.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental animal science principles including selection, reproduction, nutrition, and health.
    5. Apply animal science principles by solving common problems.
    6. Identify animal issues of interest to society, and related responsibilities.
    7. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize animal science tools to collect and analyze data and demonstrate methods.
    8. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions.
    9. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
  3. Course Requirements
    1. Six Major Exams – 600 points
    2. Research Paper – 100 points
    3. Laboratory Attendance/Activity – 300 points
    4. Comprehensive Final Exam – 200 points
  4. Information On Books
    1. Animal Science and Industry; Seventh Edition;  Cunningham, Latour and Acker
      ISBN:  0-13-046256-X
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates.  Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Content and Tentative Schedule*

Week 1


Week 2

Chapter 1:  Animal Agriculture
Chapter 2:  The Animal Industry

Week 3

Chapter 3:  Nutrients and Their Sources
Exam #1
LAB:  Animal Industry in Snyder, Texas

Week 4

Chapter 4:  The Digestive and Metabolic Systems
Chapter 5:  Nutrition of Nonruminants
LAB:  Digestion Models

Week 5

Chapter 6:  Nutrition of Ruminants
Chapter 7:  Nutrition of Horses and Ponies
LAB:  College Farm – Iron Shots/Feed Rations

Week 6

Exam #2
LAB:  College Farm – Vaccinations

Week 7

Chapter 9:  Animal Growth and Carcass Composition
Chapter 10:  The Feeding Enterprise
LAB:  Castration

Week 8

Exam #3
Chapter 11:  Animal Environment and Adaptation
LAB:  Ear Notching

Week 9

Chapter 12:  Animal Health
LAB:  Cattle Breeds

Week 10

Chapter 13:  Animal Behavior
Exam #4
LAB:  Swine Breeds

Week 11

Chapter 14:  Physiology of Reproduction
Chapter 15:  Management Regime and Reproductive Efficiency
LAB:  Sheep and Goat Breeds

Week 12

Exam #5
Chapter 17:  Genetics
LAB:  Poultry Breeds

Week 13

Chapter 18:  Heritability and Genetic Improvement
Chapter 19:  Evaluation of Breeding Animals
LAB:  Punnett Squares

Week 14

Chapter 8:  Evaluation of Feeder Animals
Exam #6
LAB:  Animal Behavior

Week 15

Research Papers Due, Review for Final Exam

Week 16

Final Exam

            *The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change.



Last Modified: October 5, 2017