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AFNS401 Honors Seminar Course Page

Description: Covers specialized topics of current interest to BSc Honors in Food Science students. Presentations by students, faculty and invited speakers. Offered concurrently with the Food Science section of AFNS 601. Only open to students in the BSc Honors in Food Science. Pre or corequisite: NU FS 407.

AFNS414 Lipid Science Course Page

Description: Fundamentals in lipid biochemistry featuring learning modules of relevance to students of plant, food and animal science, and human nutrition, and other life science. Topics include characteristics of lipids, environmental effects on lipid metabolism, oilseed biotechnology and biomass solutions for petrochemical alternatives. Offered in alternate years commencing 2009/10. Graduate students may not register for credit (see AFNS 514). Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 414 and 514. Prerequisites: (BIOCH 200 or PL SC 331 or 345) or consent of Instructor.

AFNS416 One Health Course Page

Description: 'One Health' is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Graduate students may not register for credit (see AFNS 516) Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 416, 516 or SPH 416, 516. Prerequisites: *3 microbiology and *3 physiology or consent of instructor.

AFNS460 Applied Bioinformatics Course Page

Description: Introduction to databases, software tools, and analysis methods used to characterize DNA and protein sequences. Topics include information retrieval from sequence databases, protein function prediction, assessing sequence similarity, biological pathway analysis, measuring gene expression, proteomics, and protein identification. Offered in even numbered years. Prerequisites: STAT 151 and (BIOL 207, BIOCH 200 or PL SC 331).

AFNS500 Individual Study Course Page

Description: Project or reading course under the supervision of a Faculty member requiring preparation of a comprehensive report. Prerequisite: consent of Department. Note: May be taken more than once provided the topic is different.

AFNS501 Advanced Human Metabolism Course Page

Description: This is an advanced course that highlights recent developments in human metabolism research. Lectures in fundamentals of human metabolism and nutrition related to each topic will be presented to complement discussion and critical review of readings from primary research and review papers. Application of new findings to understanding of basic metabolic regulation and metabolic diseases will be addressed. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in Nutrition, Biochemistry, Physiology or a related discipline and consent of Instructor.

AFNS502 Advanced Study of Food Fermentations Course Page

Description: Readings and class presentations on current developments in bacterial or fungal fermentation of foods. Development in Probiotics. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 402, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 502 and NU FS 402. Prerequisite: MICRB 265 or NU FS 361 or 363.

AFNS503 Processing of Milk and Dairy Products Course Page

Description: Technological principles of milk treatment and processes for fluid milk products; concentrated, dried, sterilized and fermented dairy products; cheese, butter and ice cream. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 403, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 503 and NU FS 403. Prerequisite: NU FS 374 or consent of Instructor.

AFNS504 Muscle Food Science and Technology Course Page

Description: Biological, biochemical, chemical, and technological aspects of the processing of animal muscle food including seafood product technology. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 404, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 504 and NU FS 404. Prerequisite: *3 in Biochemistry.

AFNS506 Rangeland Plant Communities of Western Canada Course Page

Description: Examines major rangeland plant communities and their physical environments in western Canada, including individual plant identification and ecology. Includes a review of various land uses such as livestock and wildlife grazing within these communities, their response to disturbances such as herbivory and fire, and other management considerations. Lectures and labs are the same as for ENCS 406, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 506 and ENCS 406. Prerequisite: ENCS 356 or consent of instructor. [Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science]

AFNS507 Science and Technology of Cereal and Oilseed Processing Course Page

Description: Biological, biochemical, chemical, and technological aspects of the processing of cereals and oilseeds. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 406, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 507 and NU FS 406. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

AFNS510 Renewable Biomaterials Course Page

Description: Fundamentals in bio-based materials development, characterization, and applications. Sources and classification of biomaterials, synthesis of renewable polymeric biomaterials, their characterization using different techniques, and industrial applications will be discussed. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS511 Veterinary Immunology Course Page

Description: Application of immunological principles to the understanding of animal health and disease with a focus on livestock and companion animals. Students will apply a broad understanding of host-pathogen interactions and the basic mechanisms of disease progression to assess the short and long-term impact of pathogenesis to the health of animals, their caretakers, and consumers. Lectures will be followed by active discussion of selected readings. Lectures are the same as for AN SC 411, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 511 and AN SC 411. Prerequisite: (IMIN 200 or equivalent) and consent of instructor.

AFNS514 Lipid Science Course Page

Description: Fundamentals in lipid biochemistry featuring learning modules of relevance to students of plant, food and animal science, and human nutrition, and other life science. Topics include characteristics of lipids, environmental effects on lipid metabolism, oilseed biotechnology and biomass solutions for petrochemical alternatives. Offered in alternate years commencing 2009/10. Lectures are the same as for AFNS 414, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 514 and AFNS 414. Prerequisites: (BIOCH 200 or PL SC 331 or PL SC 345) or consent of Instructor.

AFNS516 One Health Course Page

Description: 'One Health' is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Lectures and labs are the same as for AFNS 416, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 416, 516 or SPH 416, 516. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

AFNS520 Ruminant Physiology and Metabolic Diseases Course Page

Description: A discussion-based course on current literature in digestive physiology, endocrinology, and metabolic diseases of ruminant animals. Offered only in odd numbered years. Prerequisite: *3 in each of Nutrition and Physiology.

AFNS521 Carcass and Meat Quality Course Page

Description: The conversion of muscle to meat in livestock and poultry: definitions and measurement of carcass and meat quality; influences of pre- and post-slaughter factors on carcass and meat quality. The lab will consist of a two-day field trip during Reading Week. Lectures and labs are the same as for AN SC 420, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 521 and AN SC 420. Prerequisites: *3 Biochemistry or AN SC 320 and consent of instructor.

AFNS522 Advanced Biocatalysis Course Page

Description: Will focus on taking a practical approach to whole cell fermentation systems and enzyme-based approaches as well as synthetic biology. The students will learn the theories behind, and applications of, the most commonly used approaches in the bio-industrial and food industries. The course will deploy a mixture of lectures, peer discussion and debate, guest speakers, and group activities. Prerequisite: *3 Microbiology or Food Microbiology, or consent of instructor.

AFNS524 Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer Course Page

Description: A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 424, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 524, NU FS 424, ONCOL 524 and 424. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Offered jointly by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry). [Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science].

AFNS527 Food Safety Course Page

Description: Providing students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to safety concerns about foods. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 427, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 527 and NU FS 427. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

AFNS528 Advances in Human Nutrition and the Intestinal Microbiome Course Page

Description: Overview of the role of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract and the impact on human health, interaction with dietary components and potential dietary modulation of the microbiome in the prevention of chronic disease. Seminars are the same as for NU FS 428, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 528 and NU FS 428. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. *3 MICRB and *6 PHYSL recommended.

AFNS530 Principles of Sensory Evaluation of Foods Course Page

Description: Principles and methods of analysis of the sensory properties of foods; appearance, texture, aroma, and taste. Physiology of sensory receptors. Applications, advantages, and limitations of sensory methods. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 430, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 530 and NU FS 430. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS532 Advanced Food Protein Chemistry and Technology Course Page

Description: Chemistry and technology of food protein purification, modification, structure and functional properties. Food related proteins from animal and plant sources will be discussed. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AFNS543 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Lifestyle Course Page

Description: This is an advanced course examining the relationship between the role of lifestyle factors in the etiology and pathophysiology, as well as the treatment of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Application of recent findings to our understanding of these chronic metabolic diseases will be addressed. Lectures are the same as for NUTR 443, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 543 and NUTR 443. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS552 Nutrition in the Prevention of Chronic Human Diseases Course Page

Description: A lecture and reading course for graduate students to review current research and the scientific basis of nutrition intervention in the prevention and treatment of chronic human disease. Translation of research findings to nutrition recommendations in topical areas including global health and food supply, obesity, cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and behavior-cognitive disorders. Lectures are the same as for NUTR 452, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 552 and NUTR 452. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. *6 PHYSL recommended.

AFNS554 Unit Operations in Food Preservation Course Page

Description: Processes used in food preservation. Dehydration, freezing, sterilization and canning, irradiation and high pressure processing. Effect of processing on food properties. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 454, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 554 and NU FS 454. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS561 Ruminant Digestion, Metabolism, and Nutrition Course Page

Description: Integration of theory and practical concepts in ruminant nutrition, digestion and metabolism through topics such as energy flow in ruminants, protein systems and net feed efficiency. Laboratories will involve formulation of rations for various physiological states of beef and dairy cattle, economical rations, feed mixes, protein systems (degradable and undegradable protein systems) and net feed efficiency formulations. Lectures and labs are the same as for AN SC 461, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 561 and AN SC 461. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS562 Swine Nutrition Course Page

Description: Nutrient utilization and requirements, feed ingredients, and applied feeding program. Feed formulation strategies and current topics in swine nutrition will be discussed in detail. Lectures and labs are the same as for AN SC 462, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 562 and AN SC 462. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS563 Poultry Nutrition Course Page

Description: Nutritional requirements, feeding programs, and feed ingredients used for poultry. Feed formulation strategies and current topics in poultry nutrition will be discussed extensively. Lectures and labs are the same as for AN SC 463, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AN SC 463, AFNS 515, and 563. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

AFNS565 Plant Breeding Course Page

Description: This course will focus on different plant breeding methods and their relationship to the major crop species, as well as use of different molecular and biotechnology techniques in plant breeding. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 565 and PL SC 465. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AFNS566 Advanced Food Microbiology Course Page

Description: A lecture/discussion course on selected topics in food microbiology. Prerequisite: One of: (MICRB 265, NU FS 361, or 363) and consent of instructor.

AFNS568 Clinical Nutrition Course Page

Description: Basic principles of nutrition in clinical situations. The role of diet in the management of various diseases. The laboratory sessions include practical experience in providing individualized nutritional care for clients from various cultural backgrounds. Lectures and labs are the same as for NUTR 468, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 568, NUTR 468 and NU FS 468. Pre- or corequisite: NUTR 301.

AFNS569 Advanced Animal Metabolism Course Page

Description: A discussion-based course on selected topics in energy and nitrogen digestion and metabolism in domestic animals. Offered in odd numbered years. Prerequisite: 400 level animal nutrition course and consent of instructor.

AFNS570 Experimental Procedures in Nutrition and Metabolism Course Page

Description: Current methodologies in nutrition and metabolism. Prerequisites: NUTR 301 and 302 or equivalent, or consent of Instructor. Credit cannot be obtained for NUTR 504 or AFNS 570.

AFNS571 Applied Poultry Science Course Page

Description: Study of avian anatomy, physiology, behavior, and health as it relates to modern poultry production. Current management practices to optimize production efficiency and animal well-being are examined. Lectures and labs are the same as for AN SC 471, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 571 and AN SC 471. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS572 Practical Case Studies in Rangeland Management and Conservation Course Page

Description: Cumulative effects of fire, grazing, browsing, and improvement practices on the productivity and species composition of range and pasture ecosystems, including management implications. Extended field trip prior to the start of classes. Lectures and labs are the same as for ENCS 471, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 572 and ENCS 471. Offered in alternate years commencing 2001-02. Prerequisite: ENCS 356; ENCS 406 strongly recommended.

AFNS574 Applied Beef Cattle Science Course Page

Description: Examination of current and potential future production and management practices to optimize production efficiency and animal well-being in the Canadian and international beef industry. Laboratories emphasize practical applications, field trips, and discussion. Lectures and labs are the same as for AN SC 474, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 574 and AN SC 474. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS575 Advanced Functional Genomics Technologies in Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science Course Page

Description: Modular course offering training in a variety of research technologies. Modules offered will vary from term to term. Modules may include HPLC, gel electrophoresis, real-time PCR, gene isolation and cloning, gene amplification, cDNA library screening and microarray. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

AFNS576 Applied Swine Science Course Page

Description: Evaluation of swine breeding, feeding, housing management, and disease prevention practices that optimize production efficiency and animal well-being. Laboratories involve analysis of production practices with a view to optimizing efficiency. Lectures and labs are the same as for AN SC 476, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 576 and AN SC 476. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS577 Advanced Community Nutrition Course Page

Description: Examination of nutrition problems in contemporary communities that relate to health promotion, food security, policy, program planning and community nutrition throughout the life cycle. Discussion of nutrition programs and resources. Students will develop the skills to write a community grant application. Lectures and labs are the same as for NUTR 477, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 577 and NUTR 477. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS578 Advanced Clinical Nutrition Course Page

Description: The principles of diet therapy in selected areas of current interest. Emphasis on case studies, research and practical problems in clinical dietetics. Lectures and labs are the same as for NUTR 476, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 578 and NUTR 476. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AFNS579 Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins and Inorganic Elements Course Page

Description: A lecture and reading course in vitamins and inorganic elements. Introduction to seminar presentation and critical evaluation of current literature. Students will also learn the skill of writing a scientific paper. Lectures are the same as for NUTR 479, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 579, NUTR 479, and NU FS 479. Prerequisite: NUTR 302. NUTR 301 (or 303) recommended.

AFNS580 Advanced Study of Foodborne Pathogens Course Page

Description: Emerging issues in microbiological safety of foods. Reading and class presentations on current developments in the microbiological safety of foods. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 480, with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 580 and NU FS 480. Prerequisite: MICRB 265 or NU FS 361 or 363.

AFNS581 Advanced Foods Course Page

Description: Critical evaluation of current literature on the effects of ingredients and processing on quality characteristics of foods. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 481, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 581 and NU FS 481. Prerequisites: NU FS 374 and *3 Biochemistry or consent of instructor.

AFNS582 Diseases of Field and Horticultural Crops Course Page

Description: Diseases of cereal, oilseed, pulse, forage, vegetable, fruit, and ornamental crops. Course is the same as PL SC 481, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Offered in odd-numbered years. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 582 and PL SC 481. Prerequisite: PL SC 380 or consent of instructor.

AFNS585 Advanced Quantitative Genomics Course Page

Description: Genetics and analysis of quantitative traits in farm animals and plants. Detecting, locating and measuring effects of quantitative trait loci (QTL). Recent developments in QTL mapping and discovery. The laboratory sessions include commonly used software for analyzing data from breeding and genomics experiments. Offered in odd numbered years. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

AFNS595 Integrated Crop Protection Course Page

Description: Integrated agronomic, mechanical, biological, and chemical control of insects, disease organisms, and weeds that interfere with field crop and horticultural crop production. Lectures are the same as for PL SC 495, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 595 and PL SC 495. Prerequisites: At least two of ENT 207, PL SC 352 or PL SC 380 as prerequisites and the third as a corequisite.

AFNS599 Advanced Agri-Chemical Analysis Course Page

Description: Advanced analysis of food and agri-industrial materials with a focus on good laboratory practices (GLP), chromatographic techniques (HPLC, GC), mass spectrometry, and other modern techniques from sample preparation to analysis of data. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 499, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 599 and NU FS 499. Prerequisite: NU FS 372 or consent of Instructor.

AFNS601 Seminar Course Page

Description: Covers specialized topics of current interest to graduate students in AFNS. Presentations by students, faculty and invited speakers. Students register in one of four sections - Animal Science, Plant Science, Food Science or Human Nutrition. Attendance is required of all graduate students throughout their program. MSc students normally register for one term in year 2, and are required to present one seminar; PhD students normally register for one term in each of year 1 and 3, and are required to present one seminar per term. Only open to graduate students in AFNS.

AFNS602 Graduate Reading Project Course Page

Description: Individual study. Critical reviews of selected literature under the direction of a Faculty member. Note: May be taken more than once if the topic is different. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

AFNS603 Graduate Research Project Course Page

Description: Directed laboratory study under supervision of a Faculty member. Note: May be taken more than once if the topic is different. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

AFNS660 Communication in Science Course Page

Description: Course designed for graduate students in the early stages of their graduate program. Students will learn effective communication skills for life as a graduate student and a future scientist. Topics will include the scientific method; paper, thesis and grant writing; poster and lecture development and delivery; ethics in science; graduate student supervisor relationships. Open only to graduate students in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science. Preference given to those in the first year of their program. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

AFNS670 Current Topics in Nutrition and Metabolism Course Page

Description: Selected topics in digestive physiology, fat/carbohydrate/protein metabolism, vitamins/minerals, dietary modulation of function or ruminant nutrition. May be taken for credit more than once.

AFNS675 Introduction to Research Methods in Nutritional Science Course Page

Description: To develop skills in critical review of the literature, formulation of research questions and hypotheses, and the execution and presentation of research in the nutrition and metabolism fields. Lectures include concepts in experimental design, logistics of data collection and basic statistical analysis. The seminar includes practical application of these tools and completion of a critical review to compliment student's research program. Normally taken by students in the MSc and PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism during the first year of their graduate studies program.

AFNS900 Directed Research Project (Course-based Masters) Course Page

Description: Individual study supervised by the student's supervisor, requiring the preparation of a comprehensive report, presentation of a seminar and oral examination by the student's supervisor and one additional faculty member. Open only to students in the MAg, MEng or MSc course-based program.