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Course Information
CyberSheep: A Genetic Simulation Game

Course Description
The overarching goal of this course is for students to be able to make informed and effective decisions in a livestock breeding program. In order to accomplish this goal, the course will provide “hands-on” experience with selection and mating decisions, and their consequences. The vehicle for this instruction is “CyberSheep,” a web-based genetic simulation game played by teams of students. The genetic gains achieved in livestock breeding programs have the advantages of being permanent, cumulative and, in most cases, highly cost effective. Still, such gains require time to achieve; in the course of an academic degree, let alone a semester or quarter, there is very little opportunity for students to witness the consequences of breeding decisions in any of our livestock species. Thus, CyberSheep is designed to offer students a virtual opportunity to “see,” in real-time, the outcome of your decision-making, and to experience the stochastic (chance) elements of a breeding program.
Contacts
Instructor

Ron Lewis
Office: 402-472-6378
rlewis5@unl.edu

Campus Coordinator

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Disability Support Services

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Textbooks

Course Access

Canvas at UNL

Approximately two to three weeks before the first day of class, a UNL campus coordinator (Lisa King, Diane Wasser, Diane Nelson, Kelsey Sims or Danielle Silsbee) will email students with information (student name, email, and NU ID) and instructions for accessing UNL classes.  Students will claim their UNL account by setting a password and security questions. Once students claim their ID, they will be able to access their courses at canvas.unl.edu.  Courses may not be visible to students until the first day of class.


Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
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