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Maria Christina Härdi-Landerer: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2016

Name Dr. Maria Christina Härdi-Landerer
Hauptstrass 36
Postfach 10
7240 Küblis
Telephone081 332 21 88
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

751-1000-00LInterdisciplinary Project Work Information Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: successful completion of the bachelor programme.
3 credits3UB. Dorn, E. Frossard, L. Meile, H. Adelmann, N. Buchmann, E. Buff Keller, C. De Moraes, R. Finger, P. A. Fischer, M. C. Härdi-Landerer, G. Kaufmann, M. Kreuzer, U. Merz, S. Peter, M. Schuppler, M. Siegrist, J. Six, S. E. Ulbrich, A. Walter
AbstractDie Studierenden der Agrar- und Lebensmittelwissenschaft erarbeiten in interdisziplinären Teams Lösungen für Probleme, welche ihnen von Projektpartnern entlang der Nahrungsmittelwertschöpfungskette gestellt werden. Die Studierenden präsentieren und diskutieren die Lösungsvorschläge an der Schlussveranstaltung mit den Projektpartnern und verfassen einen schriftlichen Projektbericht.
ObjectiveDie Studierenden kennen
- die Grundlagen des Zeit- und Projektmanagements und können diese in einem konkreten Beispiel anwenden,
- Vorgehensweisen, um Fragen, die ihnen von Projektpartnern gestellt werden, zielorientiert zu lösen,
- die Grundregeln der transdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit mit Projektpartnern. Sie begegnen Projektpartnern auf Augenhöhe, legen zusammen mit ihnen die Fragestellung fest und bearbeiten diese in Absprache mit ihnen,
- Elemente einer erfolgreichen Teamarbeit, wenden diese in ihrem Projektteam an und reflektieren die Zusam-menarbeit in ihrem Projektteam.
ContentDie Studierenden der Agrar- und Lebensmittelwissenschaft erarbeiten in interdisziplinären Teams Lösungen für Probleme, welche ihnen von Projektpartnern entlang der Nahrungsmittelwertschöp-fungskette gestellt werden. Die Studierenden präsentieren und diskutieren die Lösungen an der Schlussveranstaltung mit den Projektpartnern und verfassen einen schriftlichen Projektbericht zu handen des Projektpartners. Die Lehrveranstaltung beinhaltet Grundlagen des Zeit- und Projekt-managements, des zielorientierten Lösen von Projekten sowie der Teamarbeit, welche beim Bear-beiten des Projektes angewandt, umgesetzt und reflektiert werden.
751-6102-00LAnatomy and Physiology of Man and Animals II2 credits2GM. C. Härdi-Landerer, S. E. Ulbrich
AbstractImparts a basic understanding of physiology an anatomy in man and domestic animals, focusing on the interrelations between morphology and function of the organism, in particular of domestic animals. This is fostered by discussing all subjects from a functional point of view. The lecture consists of two consecutive parts.
ObjectiveDie Lehrveranstaltung befähigt die Studierenden grundlegende Funktionen des Organismus zu verstehen und pathophysiologische Zusammenhänge nachvollziehen zu können.
751-6502-00LRuminant Science (FS) Information 4 credits4GM. Kreuzer, M. C. Härdi-Landerer, S. Marquardt, S. Neuenschwander, C. Soliva
AbstractThe course provides the scientific basis of the central aspects in ruminants of cattle, sheep and goat breeding, diseases and the interrelationship of animal nutrition and environment. Aspects of organic farming and tropical livestock systems form part of the course. Means of knowledge transfer include interdisciplinary approaches, disciplinary parts, web-based learning and self-study.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course the students are able to apply, by a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms, their knowledge in various fields of ruminant science. They will be able to develop and recommend best strategies for large and small ruminant breeding, for sustained animal health and disease prophylaxis, for environmentally friendly animal nutrition etc. They will be trained to carry out interdisciplinary and disciplinary research at the highest level. The course Ruminant Science (HS) offered in autumn has a similar structure but is complementary to this course.
ContentFields (contact hours)
- Introduction
- Interdisciplinary topics: 12 h
- Organic Ruminant Systems
- Tropical Ruminant Systems
- Mastitis
- Disciplinary topics: 36 h
- Cattle, Sheep and Goat Breeding: 12 h
- Ruminant Diseases and Prophylaxis: 12 h
- Ruminant Nutrition and the Environment (incl. general introduction): 12 h
- Lectures held by the students: 4 h
In summary
- Contact hours: 52 h
- Self-study within semester: 30 h (especially preparation for the interdisciplinary courses and the own lecture)
- Self-study in semester break: 38 h
Total: 120 h
Lecture notesDocumentations, links and other materials will be provided at the start of the course.
LiteratureInformation on books and other references will be communicated during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe specialty of this course is that for the first time the animal science disciplines are unified. This is realised with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary focal areas and new forms of teaching. At the same time the essential basics in the central fields are communicated.

The field of Ruminant Science will also be a part of the spring semester (planned interdisciplinary topics: Lameness, Fertility in Cows, Food Intake; disciplinary courses: Animal Husbandry, Ruminant Reproduction, Nutrition Physiology in Ruminants). However both courses are organized independently.

Conditions for successful participation: Background on animal science from the Bachelor is desired. In order to attend the Minor in Ruminant Science without any animal science background, a realistic self-assessment concerning the need for additional self-study is recommended (e.g. by choosing an appropriate bachelor course which then may be counted as 'optional courses' in the master). These efforts depend on the extent to which animal science courses have already been attended in the bachelor.

The control of performance will consist of:
- an own lecture
- an interdisciplinary final oral examination with focus on comprehension of the fundamental linkages rather than of specific details
751-7400-00LAnimal Health2 credits2VM. C. Härdi-Landerer
AbstractThis course imparts basic knowledge of general signs and causes of illness in individuals and polulations as well as of the interactions between the organism and its living and non-living environment. The focus is on the understanding of the complex relationships between animal husbandry, behavior, health and productivity of farm animals.
ObjectiveThe course enables students to recognize factors leading to disease and suffering in farm animals and to draft basic recommendations for its amelioration.
751-7406-00LCurrent Problems of Herd Health and Management1 credit1SM. C. Härdi-Landerer
AbstractCurrent problems of animal health and husbandry with a view to latest scientific findings, statutory aspects and evolutions in practice.
ObjectiveThe students are informed about current problems. They know how to acquire information independently and to discuss a predefined topic well informed