This course is an introduction to anatomy and carcass structure of farm animals. Consideration is given to the major systems in the body and the whole range of animal structure from molecular biology to commercial carcass grading. The course provides a basic understanding of factors such as meat tenderness, adipose development in the carcass, abnormalities of meat quality such as PSE pork and dark-cutting beef, and carcass composition.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Describe primary animal structures in food animal production species and describe their location in the animal body
- Outline the domestication of the major food animal production species
- Explain major structural components of organ systems for food animal production species
- Explain the process of muscle contraction and relaxation
- Discuss how muscle is converted to meat after death
- Explain factors affecting meat quality
- Analyze the slaughter procedures for the major food animal production species
- Identify major muscles in the primary cuts of meat
- Identify major bones in food animal production species
- Basic Concepts of Animal Structure
- Organ Systems
- Conversion of Muscle to Meat / Meat Quality
- Connective Tissue / Adipose Tissue
- Gene Mutations / Carcass Grading
- Avian Systems
Prerequisite(s): 2 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090
|Quizzes (4 x 7.5%)||30%|
|Lab Analysis (Discussion)||30%|
|Online Final Exam||40%|
Additional Technical Requirements
This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:
- Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
- Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
- For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
- Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
- Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
- A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.
*Course details are subject to change.