Course description:

The value and contributions of animals to the society. Introductory scientific principles of animal science (genetics and breeding, reproduction, nutrition and feeding). Basic concepts of animal welfare and health. Fundamentals of animal production (swine production, poultry production, beef production, dairy production).  Prerequisite:         none.

Credit points:   2

Prerequisite:    none

Course objectives:


To introduce the student to basic concepts and principles of animal science and their application in animal agriculture:

  • Become familiar with terminology used in animal science as it relates to the industry, management practices, equipment and animals.
  • Develop an understanding of animal species and breeds and their relative importance from economic and social perspectives.
  • Develop a basic understanding of animal genetics and breeding,  reproduction, nutrition anf feeding as well as animal welfare and health.
  • Develop a basic understanding of current management practices as it relates to raising the common farm animal species, viz. cattle, swine and poultry. 


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trach, chief instrucror

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Dr. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Le

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Ms. Cu Thi Thien Thu

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Reference materials:

  • The Science of Animal Agriculture. Ray V. Herren, 2007, Thomson Delmar Learning, Australia.
  • Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social, and Industry Perspectives, 3rd Ed., 2006, W. Stephen Damron, Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  •  Scientific Farm Animal Production, 9th edition, 2007, Robert E. Taylor & Thomas G. Field, Pearson-Prentice Hall Publishing Co.
  • English for Animal Science and Aquaculture, 2007, Nguyen Xuan Trach,  
  • Course lecture notes on


 Learning tasks and activities:  

Students will attend classes for lectured chapters and/or read assigned chapters.  There will be 1 in-class test and a final exam. In addition, each student is required to do a homework assignment.

.Attendance policy:

  • Attendance for lectures must be followed according to the current regulations set by the MOET and HUA;
  • If you miss class, in acceptable cases, it is your responsibility to obtain missed lecture notes and supplemental handouts. While there is a lot of information included in the course handout pack, there is also a lot of information missing that you can only get by attending class. Any additional notes taken during missed class(es) must be acquired from your peers.
  • Make-up exams will not be allowed unless an absence is excused, such as in the case of family emergency, illness (with signed doctor’s note), university extracurricular activities, or other extenuating circumstances approved by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. If you know that you will miss an exam, you must let me know prior to and no later than the day of the exam.
  • Make-up exams must be completed in a timely manner. It is strongly suggested that you do everything you can to complete what you missed before I return the graded exam to the rest of the class.

Classroom policies:

  • Mobile phones should be turned off prior to entering the classroom.
  • Individual conversations, including text messaging, during lecture periods are disrespectful and disruptive to the rest of the class. Those who are persistently disruptive during lecture may be asked to leave the classroom.

Academic misconduct:

Cheating of any sort will not be tolerated. Students caught cheating will be given a failing grade for the semester and subjected to disciplinary action.


  • Attendance for lectures                          10%
  • In-class exam and homework                 30%
  • Final exam (cumulative)                         60%

Syllabus changes:

The chief instructor reserves the right to modify the information in this syllabus if deemed appropriate during the course of the class. Any modifications will be announced in class with a reasonable time frame considered for planning purposes.

Tentative course outline:




Socio-economic values and contributions of animals


Dr. Trach

Animal genetics and breeding


Dr. Trach

Animal reproduction


Dr. Trach

Animal nutrition and feeding


Dr. Trach/Ms. Thu

Animal behaviour and welfare


Dr. Trach/ Ms. Thu

Animal health


Dr. Le/Ms. Thu

Swine production


Dr. Trach/Dr. Le

Poultry production 


Dr. Trach

Beef production


Dr. Trach

Dairy production


Dr. Trach






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