CyberSheep: A Genetic Simulation Game
||University of Nebraska - Lincoln
||1 credit hours - $600 per credit
||September 26, 2022 - December 09, 2022
This course teaches students to make informed and effective decisions in a livestock breeding program by providing “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 their decision-making, and to experience the stochastic (chance) elements of a breeding program.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
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This course does not require an exam proctor.
This course does not include synchronous components.