Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

Year 1

Year 1 has the following 48 credit point structure:
AVBS1002
Concepts of Animal Management
6    A AGEN1004 or BIOL1XXX or AVBS1003
N AGEN2006
Semester 2
BIOL1006
Life and Evolution
6    A HSC Biology. Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (offered in February).
N BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1906 or BIOL1996
Semester 1
or
BIOL1906
Life and Evolution (Advanced)
6    A 85 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent.
N BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1006 or BIOL1996

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
or
BIOL1996
Life and Evolution (SSP)
6    A 90 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent
N BIOL1001 or BIOL1911 or BIOL1991 or BIOL1006 or BIOL1906 or BIOL1993 or BIOL1998

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
BIOL1007
From Molecules to Ecosystems
6    A HSC Biology. Students who have not completed HSC Biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (offered in February).
N BIOL1907 or BIOL1997
Semester 2
or
BIOL1907
From Molecules to Ecosystems (Advanced)
6    A 85 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent
N BIOL1007 or BIOL1997

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
or
BIOL1997
From Molecules to Ecosystems (SSP)
6    A 90 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent
N BIOL1007 or BIOL1907

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
CHEM1011
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A
6    A There is no assumed knowledge of chemistry for this unit of study but students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry Bridging Course (offered in February).
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991


Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry Bridging Course (offered in February, and online year-round, see https://sydney.edu.au/students/bridging-courses.html).
Semester 1
or
CHEM1111
Chemistry 1A
6    A Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) and HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry and Mathematics Bridging Courses (offered in February)
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991


Students who have not completed secondary school chemistry are strongly advised to instead complete Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A in the first semester of the calendar year (unless you require 12 credit points of Chemistry and are commencing in semester 2). You should also take the Chemistry Bridging Course in advance (offered in February, and online year-round https://sydney.edu.au/students/bridging-courses.html).
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
or
CHEM1911
Chemistry 1A (Advanced)
6    A 80 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1991

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
or
CHEM1991
Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program)
6    A 90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent
N CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1109 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1911

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
CHEM1012
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1B
6    P CHEM1XX1
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992
Semester 2
or
CHEM1112
Chemistry 1B
6    P CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or (75 or above in CHEM1011 or CHEM1001)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
or
CHEM1912
Chemistry 1B (Advanced)
6    P CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or (75 or above in CHEM1111 or CHEM1101) or (90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1992


Students who commence in semester 2 are strongly advised that you would be better served by taking the mainstream level units in sequence, Chemistry 1A before Chemistry 1B, rather than the Advanced units in the opposite order.
Semester 2
or
CHEM1992
Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program)
6    P 75 or above in CHEM1991 or CHEM1903 or (90 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent)
N CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1912


Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study. Students who commence in semester 2 are strongly advised that you would be better served by taking the mainstream level units in sequence, Chemistry 1A before Chemistry 1B, rather than the Special Studies Program units in the opposite order.
Semester 2
ENVX1002
Introduction to Statistical Methods
6    N ENVX1001 or MATH1005 or MATH1905 or MATH1015 or MATH1115 or DATA1001 or DATA1901 or BUSS1020 or STAT1021 or ECMT1010


Available as a degree core unit only in the Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, and Food and Agribusiness, and Taronga Wildlife Conservation streams
Semester 1
ENVI1003
Global Challenges: Food, Water, Climate
6    N AGEN1002
Semester 2
AVBS1003
Animals and Us
6   

Lectures and practicals for this unit of study take place on the University of Sydney Camperdown campus as well as at Taronga Zoo in the Institute of Science and Learning.
Semester 1

Year 2

Year 2 has the following 48 credit point structure:
ECON1040
Principles of Economics
6    N AGEC1006 or ECON1001 or BUSS1040
Semester 1
BIOL2032
Australian Wildlife Biology
6    N ANSC2005
Semester 2
ENVX2001
Applied Statistical Methods
6    P [6cp from (ENVX1001 or ENVX1002 or BIOM1003 or MATH1011 or MATH1015 or DATA1001 or DATA1901)] OR [3cp from (MATH1XX1 or MATH1906 or MATH1XX3 or MATH1907) and an additional 3cp from (MATH1XX5)]


Available as a degree core unit only in the Agriculture, Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, Food and Agribusiness and Taronga Wildlife Conservation streams
Semester 1
GEGE2001
Genetics and Genomics
6    A Mendelian genetics; mechanisms of evolution; molecular and chromosomal bases of inheritance; and gene regulation and expression.
N GENE2002 or MBLG2972 or GEGE2901 or MBLG2072
Semester 1
Semester 2
or
GEGE2901
Genetics and Genomics (Advanced)
6    A Mendelian genetics, mechanisms of evolution, molecular and chromosomal bases of inheritance, and gene regulation and expression.
P Annual average mark of at least 70
N GENE2002 or MBLG2072 or GEGE2001 or MBLG2972
Semester 1
Semester 2
Students who commenced BAVBS in 2017 are advised to take GEGE2X01 in semester 1
AVBS2007
Animal Structure and Function
6    P 6cp from BIOL1XXX
N ANSC3103 or ANSC3104
Semester 1
AVBS2001
Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis
6    A The basic structure, morphology, metabolism and behaviour of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Fundamental histological structure and function of cells and key tissues, including blood vessels, skin, liver, lung, kidneys, intestine, and organs and cells of the immune system (lymph node, spleen, white blood cells).
P 12cp of (BIOL1XX6 or BIOL1XX7 or BIOL1XX1 or BIOL1XX2 or MBLG1XX1)
Semester 2
AVBS2005
Animal Energetics and Homeostasis
6    A Knowledge and concepts from BIOL1XX7
N VETS1032
Semester 1
And 6 credit points of electives at the 2000-level from Science Table A.

Year 3

Year 3 has the following 48 credit point structure:

Core

All students complete:
AVBS3000
Professional Development
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
The core 24 - 30 credit points for each major are listed in the relevant table. Core units may be taken in either Year 3 or Year 4 depending on prerequisite requirements.
One major may be taken in:
* Animal Genetics and Biotechnology (see list of required core units of study in Table 1)
* Animal Health and Disease (see list of required core units of study in Table 2)
* Animal Production Systems (see list of required core units of study in Table 3)
* Wildlife Conservation (see list of required core units of study in Table 4)

Elective units

Enrolment in elective units is subject to prerequisite and corequisite requirements, prohibitions and timetabling constraints. Special permission may be required to enrol in some units.
FOOD3002
Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods
6    A Equivalent to 1st-year Biology plus 2nd-year chemistry/biochemistry: -biology, chemistry, biochemistry -Carbohydrates, proteins (including enzymes), lipids -Principles of cellular metabolism
P Completion of 72 credit points of units of study
N AGCH3025 or AFNR5102 or AGCH3024
Semester 1
ENSC2001
Environmental Monitoring
6    A Understanding of scientific principles and concepts including biodiversity, human impacts on the environment, properties of substances (e.g., acidity, alkalinity, solvents) and basic knowledge of statistics.
N AGCH3033
Semester 1
ANSC3102
Animal Reproduction
6    A A background in animal anatomy and physiology
P AVBS1002 and AVBS2XXX
Semester 1
ANSC3105
Animal Biotechnology
6    P GEGE2X01 or GENE2002 or AVBS2005 or MBLG2X72
Semester 2
GEGE3004
Applied Genomics
6    A Genetics at 2000 level, Biology at 1000 level, algebra
P 6cp of (GEGE2X01 or QBIO2XXX or DATA2X01 or GENE2XXX or MBLG2X72 or ENVX2001 or DATA2X02)
N ANSC3107


This unit must be taken by all students in the Genetics and Genomics major.
Semester 2
AREC2005
Concepts in Enviro and Agricultural Economics
6    P (ECON1001 or BUSS1040 or ECON1040 or AGEC1006) and (ECON1002 or ECON1003 or ECON1005 or ECON1006 or ECMT1010 or BUSS1020 or GEOS1001 or AGEN1001 or ENVX1002)
N AREC2003 or RSEC2031
Semester 2
AREC3002
Agricultural Markets
6    P AREC2005 or AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
AREC3006
Agricultural Production Economics
6    P AREC2005 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or AREC2003
N AREC2001 or AREC3001
Semester 1
AVBS2004
Animal Nutrition
6    P BIOL1XX7 or AVBS1002
N ANSC3101


Access afterhours to IBM-PC compatible computers that have Microsoft Windows XP or later are advisable. Most of the diet formulation software are Windows Compatible only.
Semester 2
AVBS3001
Agents of Disease
6    P AVBS2001
Semester 1
AVBS3888
Laboratory Disease Investigations
6    A Fundamental mechanisms of disease, basic microbiology and parasitology, basic epidemiology.
P AVBS2001 and AVBS3001
Semester 2
AVBS3003
Wildlife Management

This unit of study is not available in 2020

6    P BIOL2032 or BIOL2X2X
Semester 1
BIOL3007
Ecology
6    P [12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp of BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
N BIOL3907
Semester 2
BIOL3907
Ecology (Advanced)
6    P An average mark of 75 or above in [12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp of BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
N BIOL3007
Semester 2
BIOL3010
Tropical Wildlife Biology
6    P 12 credit points of Intermediate BIOL, or (6 credit points of Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972))
N BIOL3910 or BIOL2010 or BIOL2910


This unit runs in February. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. Students must apply via the School of Life Environmental Sciences rather than directly through Sydney Student Unit of Study Selection. Information on how to apply will be on the SOLES Student Portal on Canvas: https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/7931
Intensive February
BIOL3910
Tropical Wildlife Biology (Adv)
6    P Distinction average in either- 12cp Intermediate BIOL or (6cp Intermediate BIOL and (MBLG2072 or MBLG2972))
N BIOL3010 or BIOL2010 or BIOL2910


This unit runs in February. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any senior BIOL units of study may also be considered. Students must apply via the School of Life Environmental Sciences rather than directly through Sydney Student Unit of Study Selection. Information on how to apply will be on the SOLES Student Portal on Canvas: https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/7931
Intensive February
BIOL3013
Marine Biology
6    P [12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp from BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
N BIOL3913
Semester 2
BIOL3913
Marine Biology (Advanced)
6    P An average mark of 75 or above in [12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp of BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
N BIOL3013
Semester 2
BIOL3018
Gene Technology and Genomics
6    P (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002) and 6cp from (MBLG2X71 or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or BIOL2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3918
Semester 1
BIOL3918
Gene Technology and Genomics (Adv)
6    P A mark of 75 or above in (GEGE2X01 or MBLG2X72 or GENE2002) and a mark of 75 or above in (MBLG2X71 or BIOL2XXX or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3018
Semester 1
BIOL2033
Entomology
6    N ENTO2001
Semester 2
ENVX3002
Statistics in the Natural Sciences
6    P ENVX2001 or STAT2X12 or BIOL2X22 or DATA2X02 or QBIO2001
Semester 1

Year 4

Coursework

Enrolment in elective units is subject to prerequisite and corequisite requirements, prohibitions and timetabling constraints.
AVBS3010
Livestock Production Systems
6    A Familiarity with data analysis and animal handling.
P 12 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or ANSC3101 or BIOL2XXX or FOOD2000 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2001 or GENE2002 or ITLS2000)
N AGRO4005


This unit requires three days of practicals at the Camden campus and field trip to commercial farms .
Semester 1
AGRO4006
New and Emerging Tech in Animal Science
6    P 6cp from BIOL1XXX
Semester 2
ANSC3106
Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science
6    P AVBS1002 or BIOL1XX6
Semester 2
AVBS3005
Animal Health and Disease
6    A The completion of 12 credit points of first year Biology (BIOL1006 and BIOL1007), and microbiology (MICR2031) or immunology (IMMU2011) would be beneficial.
P 12 credit points from (AVBS2001 or IMMU2X11 or MEDS2004 or MIMI2X02) or [6 credit points from (AVBS2001 or IMMU2X11 or MEDS2004 or MIMI2X02) and 6cp from (BIOL2XXX or MICR2XXX)]
N AVBS4001
Semester 1
AVBS4002
Dairy Production and Technology
6    A Enrolled students are expected to have some understanding of key components of the dairy production system, including basic knowledge of animal physiology and nutrition.
P 48cp of 2000-level or 3000-level units
Semester 2
AVBS4003
Wildlife and Evolutionary Genetics
6    A Expected background in genetics, genomics and wildlife.
P 48cp of 2000-level or 3000-level units
N AVBS3004
Semester 2
AVBS4004
Food Safety Assessment and Management
6    P AVBS3001 and AVBS4001
Semester 2
AVBS3008
Intensive Animal Industries
6    A Familiarity with data analysis and animal handling.
P 12 credit points from (ANSC3101 or AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX or FOOD2000 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2001 or GENE2002 or ITLS2000)
N AVBS4008
Semester 2
AVBS3009
Aquaculture
6    A Fundamentals of animal husbandry and management; aquatic animal biology.
P 6 credit points from (AVBS1002 or BIOL1XXX or GEOS1XXX or MBLG1XXX) and 6 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX)
N AVBS4009
Semester 2
AVBS4012
Extensive Animal Industries
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3 OR Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3 or {144 credit points of units of study including a minimum of 12 credit points from [ANSC3106 and (ANSC3888 or AVBS3888 or SCPU3001)]}
Semester 1
BIOL3018
Gene Technology and Genomics
6    P (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002) and 6cp from (MBLG2X71 or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or BIOL2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3918
Semester 1
BIOL3918
Gene Technology and Genomics (Adv)
6    P A mark of 75 or above in (GEGE2X01 or MBLG2X72 or GENE2002) and a mark of 75 or above in (MBLG2X71 or BIOL2XXX or BCMB2XXX or QBIO2001 or IMMU2XXX or MEDS2003)
N BIOL3018
Semester 1

Honours

Students in the Honours program enrol in 24 credit points of year 4 coursework units (including any major units), and the following four units of study:
AVBS4015
Research Project A
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3. Students need to have obtained a second/third year WAM commensurate with obtaining honours; and must have the approval of the faculty to enrol.
C AVBS4016 and AVBS4017 and AVBS4018
N AVBS4013 or AVBS4014
Semester 1
Semester 2
AVBS4016
Research Project B
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3. Students need to have obtained a second/third year WAM commensurate with obtaining honours; and must have the approval of the faculty to enrol.
C AVBS4015 and AVBS4017 and AVBS4018
N AVBS4013 or AVBS4014
Semester 1
Semester 2
AVBS4017
Research Project C
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3. Students need to have obtained a second/third year WAM commensurate with obtaining honours; and must have the approval of the faculty to enrol.
C AVBS4015 and AVBS4016 and AVBS4018
N AVBS4013 or AVBS4014
Semester 1
Semester 2
AVBS4018
Research Project D
6    P Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3. Students need to have obtained a second/third year WAM commensurate with obtaining honours; and must have the approval of the faculty to enrol.
C AVBS4015 and AVBS4016 and AVBS4017
N AVBS4013 or AVBS4014
Semester 1
Semester 2