Animal Science

Students are advised to take note of the mode of instruction. In the Faculty of Veterinary Science, postgraduate coursework units of study are offered in four modes:

Supervised units of study are typically on campus with very few students. Enrolment in these units is dependent on agreement from a suitable supervisor. Some supervised units of study, eg research project units of study, may be taken by distance students with an approved internal or external supervisor.

Online units of study may be taken by distance and involve regular participation in an online classroom. These units of study are subject to class size limitations. Note that the Animal Breeding Management stream is a distance program, designed for part-time study.

International students living in Australia on a student visa must ensure that no more than 25 per cent of their course load consists of online units of study. There are no restrictions on enrolment in online units by international offshore students.

Residential intensive units of study require attendance for short periods, usually 3-5 days. These units are usually combined with further instruction online.

On campus units of study are typically offered in conjunction with classes offered for honours-level undergraduate students, but may consist of small postgraduate classes on campus. Many of these classes are conducted at the faculty's Camden Campus, and students must be prepared to travel to or live at this campus at various times during their candidature.

Unit of study descriptions

Animal Genetics Stream

Graduate Certificate in Animal Science (Animal Genetics)

To qualify for the award of the graduate certificate a candidate must complete 24 credit points.
The candidate will complete the following core units:
VETS8004 Advanced Animal Genetics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: Dr Claire Wade Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 3 hrs/wk, practicals 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ANSC3107 Assumed knowledge: GENE2001 or MBLG2072 or MBLG2972 or equivalent Assessment: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%) Practical field work: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
The unit of Study explores in detail genetic aspects of commercial animal populations and investigates options for the practical application of genetics to improve animal productivity. It is designed to provide the background material, fundamental concepts and data analysis methods for breeding strategies in the animal industries. The unit of study develops basic principles of population and quantitative genetics from Agricultural Genetics. It provides essential background and context to the molecular principles expanded in Animal Biotechnology. Animal Genetics provides the justification for the application for advanced reproductive technologies presented in Animal Reproduction.
At the end of this Unit of Study, students will demonstrate an understanding of: the principles of population genetics and the concepts of relationship and inbreeding, and adverse effects of this inbreeding; the principles of quantitative genetics including the concepts of genetic variance, heritability and repeatability, and methods for the identification and selection of superior livestock; the use of multi-trait selection procedures to increase the overall economic value of populations of animals; the constraints to production gains using genetic selection programmes and advantages obtained through crossbreeding; the practical application of selection and crossing in animals; the application of genomic and reproductive technologies in Animal breeding. Introductory bioinformatics, genomics, cytogenetics and conservation biology will be covered.
Textbooks
Nicholas, FW (2010) Introduction to Veterinary Genetics (3rd Ed) October 2009, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa, USA ISBN: 978-1-4051-6832-8
VETS8005 Advanced Animal Biotechnology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: Assoc Prof Peter Williamson Session: Semester 2 Classes: On-campus lectures 3 hrs/wk, tutorials 1 hr/wk, seminars/workshops 0.25 hrs/wk, laboratories 0.5 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ANSC3105 Assessment: Seminars (20%), essay (20%), 2 hr exam (60%) Practical field work: Excursions, self-directed learning, supervised reading, computer aided instruction 1.25 hrs/wk Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Lectures, tutorials, laboratories (PCR, DNA sequencing and bioinformatics), seminars and supervised reading and directed learning instruction will cover the application of biotechnology to animal productivity, disease control, the development of new products from animals and the impact of altered micro-organisms and plants on animals. A firm foundation in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology is provided, with an emphasis on relevance in animals. Regulation of gene expression in vivo and in expression systems, monitoring of gene expression including microarrays and proteomics,
gene mapping, genomics, including nextgen sequencing, and gene discovery are all discussed in contexts relevant to domestic animals. Genetic modifications of animals including transgenesis and gene knockout, and methods for achieving these modifications including cloning by nuclear transfer are detailed. Basic skills in bioinformatics are developed to access and utilise the vast information resources available. Legal methods of protecting intellectual property are described. Finally animal biotechnology is reviewed from an ethical perspective. Animal Biotechnology explores alternative and complementary technologies to the breeding technologies covered in the core Animal Genetics unit of study.
Textbooks
No set textbook for this unit of study.
And an additional 12 credit points of electives, which may include a research project.

Graduate Diploma in Animal Science (Animal Genetics)

To qualify for the award of the graduate diploma a candidate must complete 36 credit points.
In addition to the units in the Graduate Certificate, the candidate will complete a further 12 credit points of electives, which may include a research project.

Master of Animal Science (Animal Genetics)

To qualify for the award of Master's a candidate must complete 48 credit points.
In addition to the core units in the Graduate Certificate, the candidate will complete an additional 36 credit points of units of study:
12 credit points of Research units of study and 24 credit points of Elective units of study.
Or
24 credit points of Research units of study and 12 credit points of Elective units of study.
VETS8021 Animal Science Research Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this Unit of Study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8022 Animal Science Research Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8021 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8023 Animal Science Research Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8022 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8024 Animal Science Research Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8023 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.

Animal Reproduction Stream

Graduate Certificate Animal Science (Animal Reproduction)

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate a candidate must complete 24 credit points.
The candidate will complete the following core units:
VETS8008 Advanced Animal Reproduction

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Dr Simon de Graaf Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/week, tutorials 1 hr/week, practicals 3 hrs/week. Prohibitions: ANSC3102 Assumed knowledge: ANSC3104 or equivalent Assessment: Written and oral assignments (30%), mid-semester written exam (10%), end of semester written exam (60%) Practical field work: There will be several half day practical classes held at the Camden Campus. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study provides a comprehensive programme on basic and applied aspects of male and female reproductive biology, with particular emphasis on livestock and domestic animals. The fundamental topics include reproductive cycles, sexual differentiation, gametogenesis, fertilization, embryo development, gestation and parturition. An understanding of the applications of advanced reproductive technologies is developed through lectures, tutorials and the assignments. In addition, practical instruction is given on semen collection and processing, manipulation of the reproductive cycle, artificial insemination, and pregnancy diagnosis in sheep and pigs. Classes are held at the Camperdown Campus in Sydney and at the Camden Campus Animal Reproduction Unit and Mayfarm piggery.
Textbooks
Senger, PL 2013, Pathways to pregnancy & parturition 3rd ed., Current Conceptions Inc.
VETS8005 Advanced Animal Biotechnology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: Assoc Prof Peter Williamson Session: Semester 2 Classes: On-campus lectures 3 hrs/wk, tutorials 1 hr/wk, seminars/workshops 0.25 hrs/wk, laboratories 0.5 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ANSC3105 Assessment: Seminars (20%), essay (20%), 2 hr exam (60%) Practical field work: Excursions, self-directed learning, supervised reading, computer aided instruction 1.25 hrs/wk Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Lectures, tutorials, laboratories (PCR, DNA sequencing and bioinformatics), seminars and supervised reading and directed learning instruction will cover the application of biotechnology to animal productivity, disease control, the development of new products from animals and the impact of altered micro-organisms and plants on animals. A firm foundation in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology is provided, with an emphasis on relevance in animals. Regulation of gene expression in vivo and in expression systems, monitoring of gene expression including microarrays and proteomics,
gene mapping, genomics, including nextgen sequencing, and gene discovery are all discussed in contexts relevant to domestic animals. Genetic modifications of animals including transgenesis and gene knockout, and methods for achieving these modifications including cloning by nuclear transfer are detailed. Basic skills in bioinformatics are developed to access and utilise the vast information resources available. Legal methods of protecting intellectual property are described. Finally animal biotechnology is reviewed from an ethical perspective. Animal Biotechnology explores alternative and complementary technologies to the breeding technologies covered in the core Animal Genetics unit of study.
Textbooks
No set textbook for this unit of study.
And an additional 12 credit points of electives, which may include a research project.

Graduate Diploma Animal Science (Animal Reproduction)

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma a candidate must complete 36 credit points.
In addition to the units in the Graduate Certificate, the candidate will complete a further 12 credit points of electives, which may include a research project.

Master of Animal Science (Animal Reproduction)

To qualify for the award of Master's a candidate must complete 48 credit points.
In addition to the core units in the Graduate Diploma, the candidate will complete an additional 36 credit points of units of study:
12 credit points of Research units of study and 24 credit points of Elective units of study.
Or
24 credit points of Research units of study and 12 credit points of Elective units of study.
VETS8021 Animal Science Research Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this Unit of Study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8022 Animal Science Research Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8021 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8023 Animal Science Research Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8022 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8024 Animal Science Research Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8023 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.

Animal Nutrition Stream

Graduate Certificate Animal Science (Animal Nutrition)

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate a candidate must complete 24 credit points.
The candidate will complete the following core units:
VETS8006 Advanced Animal Nutrition

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 2 h/week, lecture recording 1hr/week and in situ and/or online laboratories 2-3 hr/week Prohibitions: ANSC3101 Assumed knowledge: Fundamentals of Biochemistry Assessment: Assignments, including 5 individual reports from problem based learning (30%), 1 online middle term exam (35%), 1 oral or video presentation (25%), and 1 online end of term exam (10%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This Unit of Study builds upon principles discussed in ANSC1002 (Concepts of Animal Management). The Unit is broadly divided into four sections, namely: estimating the nutritive characteristics of feeds; defining the nutrient requirements of animals; diet formulation; errors in feeding. The focus is on coming to an understanding of the assessment of nutritional adequacy and the avoidance and solving of nutritional problems, with a particular emphasis on animals used in agricultural production systems and wildlife. The principles discussed in this course will be expanded in the following year, in which species-specific systems will be described. The basis of successful feeding management is an understanding of the following: the composition of feeds; the digestibility and efficiency of utilisation of nutrients by the animal; the nutrient requirements of the animal; interactions between nutrients that influence health and production. And following from this, students will have the ability to formulate diets to meet animal requirements for a variety of purposes and under a variety of constraints; identify deficiencies, excesses and imbalances in diets and so avoid a decline in productive efficiency and/or a decline in health.
Textbooks
Students are encouraged to have an individual tablet PC or laptop with wireless connectivity (e.g.: ipad; Galaxy Note, etc.) during all classes. There is no required text for the course. A number of textbooks are available on reserve at the library. These include:
VETS8035 Feed Technology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: TBA Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: AVBS4005 Assumed knowledge: ANSC3101, (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3 OR Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3) or equivalent. Assessment: Poster (10%), oral presentation (10%), article (20%), lab book and feed formulation exercise (20%), two hour written exam (40%) Practical field work: Practicals/field work 3hrs/wk Campus: Camden Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Feed accounts for approximately 70% of the input costs associated with animal industries, including both monogastric (poultry and pigs, laboratory animals) ruminants (feedlot cattle and sheep) and caecal fermenters (horses, rabbits). The "feed industry" is described as the largest supporting industry for animal agriculture and is a major employer of graduates (undergraduate and postgraduate). Feed technology is a broad topic and includes aspects of feed ingredient characteristics, feed manufacturing, feed additive biotechnology and applied nutrition. The course will provide in-depth understanding of the feed industry, factors influencing ingredient variability and availability (physical and economic), methods and applications of processing of ingredients to increase nutritional value, assessment of digestibility, and feed additives and supplements. All facets of the production and regulation of feed production will be discussed relative to their importance in animal agriculture and food production. Expect applied practical information as well as fairly detailed nutritional biochemistry.
Textbooks
Leeson, S & Summers, JD Commercial Poultry Nutrition
And an additional 12 credit points of electives, which may include a research project.

Graduate Diploma Animal Science (Animal Nutrition)

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma a candidate must complete 36 credit points.
In addition to the units in the Graduate Certificate, the candidate will complete a further 12 credit points of electives, which may include a research project.

Master of Animal Science (Animal Nutrition)

To qualify for the award of Master's a candidate must complete 48 credit points.
In addition to the core units in the Graduate Diploma, the candidate will complete an additional 36 credit points of units of study:
12 credit points of Research units of study and 24 credit points of Elective units of study.
Or
24 credit points of Research units of study and 12 credit points of Elective units of study.
VETS8021 Animal Science Research Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this Unit of Study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8022 Animal Science Research Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8021 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8023 Animal Science Research Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8022 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8024 Animal Science Research Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8023 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.

Animal Breeding Management Stream

The Animal Breeding Management stream of the postgraduate coursework program in Animal Science is a distance program, designed for part-time study.

Graduate Certificate Animal Science (Animal Breeding Management)

A candidate for the Graduate Certificate will complete the following 24 credit points of core units of study:
VETS8004 Advanced Animal Genetics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: Dr Claire Wade Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 3 hrs/wk, practicals 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ANSC3107 Assumed knowledge: GENE2001 or MBLG2072 or MBLG2972 or equivalent Assessment: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%) Practical field work: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
The unit of Study explores in detail genetic aspects of commercial animal populations and investigates options for the practical application of genetics to improve animal productivity. It is designed to provide the background material, fundamental concepts and data analysis methods for breeding strategies in the animal industries. The unit of study develops basic principles of population and quantitative genetics from Agricultural Genetics. It provides essential background and context to the molecular principles expanded in Animal Biotechnology. Animal Genetics provides the justification for the application for advanced reproductive technologies presented in Animal Reproduction.
At the end of this Unit of Study, students will demonstrate an understanding of: the principles of population genetics and the concepts of relationship and inbreeding, and adverse effects of this inbreeding; the principles of quantitative genetics including the concepts of genetic variance, heritability and repeatability, and methods for the identification and selection of superior livestock; the use of multi-trait selection procedures to increase the overall economic value of populations of animals; the constraints to production gains using genetic selection programmes and advantages obtained through crossbreeding; the practical application of selection and crossing in animals; the application of genomic and reproductive technologies in Animal breeding. Introductory bioinformatics, genomics, cytogenetics and conservation biology will be covered.
Textbooks
Nicholas, FW (2010) Introduction to Veterinary Genetics (3rd Ed) October 2009, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa, USA ISBN: 978-1-4051-6832-8
VETS7025 Leadership, People and Organisations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Instructor: Residential facilitator: Karen Rodrigues On-line facilitator: Greg Cartan Session: Semester 1 Classes: Residential and Online. 5-day Residential session in February, Online classes (Semester 1, 1-14) Assessment: Residential (10%), Learning Journals (40%) Online participation (20%), Group Assignment (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
The Leadership, People and Organisations unit will aim to raise awareness of the need for leadership and management skills amongst veterinary public health professionals. Through experiential learning activities, group case study analysis and scenario based problem-solving activities, students will identify how they can develop effective management and leadership skills at the residential session. In the online classroom, students will use independent study and group learning to further explore aspects of leadership and working successfully within organisations.
After completing the Leadership, People and Organisations unit, students will be able to: explain the importance and principles of leadership in the context of animal health management and veterinary public health: discuss aspects of leadership such as personality, intelligence, values, cultural differences, motivations, self efficacy and perception: identify their own skill requirements: use and explain the principles of action learning: explain the effects of group dynamics in work teams: discuss how power and influence impact on success at work: analyse and develop their own leadership skills: explain how work design can affect organizational and team success: discuss organizational behaviour and culture: recommend strategies to transform organizations.
Textbooks
Organisational Behaviour: Emerging Knowledge. Global Insights. McShane, S., Olekalns, M & Travaglione, T 2013 4 Ed, McGraw Hill Australia Pty Limited: North Ryde: Australia
VETS8002 Genetic Evaluation and Breeding

This unit of study is not available in 2014

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Chris Moran Instructor: Assoc Prof Julius van der Werf Session: Semester 2 Classes: Residential and Online Prerequisites: VETS8004 Assessment: MCQs (10%) Problem Sets (10%) Case Study (40%) Tests (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
Note: This unit is core in the Animal Breeding Management stream of the Postgraduate Program in Animal Science.
This unit of study builds on the knowledge gained in VETS8004 Advanced Animal Genetics to enable students to enhance their understanding of quantitative genetics and apply them to animal breeding programs. The unit will be taught online with one short residential session in Armidale and is a core unit of study in the Animal Breeding Management course. After completing Genetic Evaluation and Breeding, students will be able to: Apply quantitative genetic principles in animal breeding programs; Explain commonly used genetic evaluation methods; Discuss the issues involved in breeding program design; Discuss the potential influence of new reproductive and genetic technologies on animal breeding programs; Independently solve common animal breeding problems.
Textbooks
GENE422/522 Genetic Evaluation and Breeding Program Design course notes UNE School of Environmental and Rural Science
Either:
VETS7027 Project Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Lecturer: Juergen Oschadleus Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3-day Residential session in July, Online classes Assessment: Individual Assignments (35%) Online Participation: (15%) Residential Presentation (10%) Group Project (40%) either individual assignments or a combination of a group and individual assignment. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
This unit of study is an introduction to project management for students whose main objective is to develop a range of skills in the field of Veterinary Public Health Management. The unit of study is composed of a 3-day residential and distance education, together totalling 150 hours. As a result, not every area of project management can be covered in depth. The unit concentrates on the project management processes and deliverables in order to give the student a solid grounding in project management. Obviously project management also involves other areas such as leadership, "soft skills" and the strategic aspects of projects. While some soft skills specific to project management are covered, other leadership and team management aspects are not covered in this unit of study. They are however covered in the Leadership units of study that are core to the Veterinary Public Health Management Program.
After completing Project Management, students will be able to: define project context, project phases and project knowledge areas; use common project management terminology; define project initiation stage processes and deliverables; define the processes required to execute and control the project plan; define project closing processes and to create a project review report (PRR) as part of a process to continually improve their understanding of project management; discuss the complexities and challenges of project management; propose effective strategies to deal with these complexities and challenges.
Students will also be able to define project planning stage processes and create a project plan including a: Stakeholder Management Plan; Scope Management Plan; Time Management Plan; Cost Management Plan; Quality Management Plan; Communications Management Plan; HR Management Plan; Risk Management Plan.
Textbooks
Revised: An Introduction to Project Management, With Brief Guides to Microsoft Project 2010 and @task Schwalbe K., 3rd ed. CreateSpace, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1451551648)
Or:
VETS7026 Leadership: Managing Change

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Instructor: Shashanna Evans Session: Semester 1a Classes: 3-day Residential session in February, Online classes (Semester 1 Weeks 1-7) Prerequisites: VETS7025 Assessment: Case analysis (15%), individual assignments (70%), online participation (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
The Leadership: Managing Change unit of study will cover advanced leadership and management issues in veterinary public health. A key role for managers and leaders is managing change. The aims of this course are to: introduce you to selected theories and concepts which underpin the practice of change management; explore the roles that you and others play in initiating and facilitating organisations to change; provide you with frameworks for analysing and understanding your own experience of change in organisations; identify the range of key skills you need to effectively lead and implement change; assess your own change skills and recognise the special abilities you have already developed.
This unit looks at change on many levels, beginning with a micro focus on the individual and culminating with a more macro view of the whole organisational system. It balances practical skill building with a solid foundation of theoretical understanding. In this unit of study students will explore managing change around three central concepts: the change agent; change perspectives; change and organisations.
Textbooks
Organizational Change Senior, B. and Fleming, J. (2010), 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, Essex.
And:
VETS7028 Leadership Skills

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Instructor(s): Shashanna Evans Session: Semester 1b Classes: Online (Semester 1 weeks 8-14) Assessment: Online participation (15%); individual assignments (85%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
This unit of study seeks to enable the development of key managerial skills.Topic areas include: social intelligence and communication skills; strategy and decision making skills; ethics; management systems and organisational design; You will also be taught how to lead teams, manage yourselves and your careers, and also how to engage your stakeholders in the process of developing these skills.
Textbooks
No prescribed textbook.

Graduate Diploma Animal Science (Animal Breeding Management)

A candidate for the Graduate Diploma will complete the following 24 credit points of core units:
VETS8004 Advanced Animal Genetics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: Dr Claire Wade Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 3 hrs/wk, practicals 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ANSC3107 Assumed knowledge: GENE2001 or MBLG2072 or MBLG2972 or equivalent Assessment: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%) Practical field work: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
The unit of Study explores in detail genetic aspects of commercial animal populations and investigates options for the practical application of genetics to improve animal productivity. It is designed to provide the background material, fundamental concepts and data analysis methods for breeding strategies in the animal industries. The unit of study develops basic principles of population and quantitative genetics from Agricultural Genetics. It provides essential background and context to the molecular principles expanded in Animal Biotechnology. Animal Genetics provides the justification for the application for advanced reproductive technologies presented in Animal Reproduction.
At the end of this Unit of Study, students will demonstrate an understanding of: the principles of population genetics and the concepts of relationship and inbreeding, and adverse effects of this inbreeding; the principles of quantitative genetics including the concepts of genetic variance, heritability and repeatability, and methods for the identification and selection of superior livestock; the use of multi-trait selection procedures to increase the overall economic value of populations of animals; the constraints to production gains using genetic selection programmes and advantages obtained through crossbreeding; the practical application of selection and crossing in animals; the application of genomic and reproductive technologies in Animal breeding. Introductory bioinformatics, genomics, cytogenetics and conservation biology will be covered.
Textbooks
Nicholas, FW (2010) Introduction to Veterinary Genetics (3rd Ed) October 2009, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa, USA ISBN: 978-1-4051-6832-8
VETS7025 Leadership, People and Organisations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Instructor: Residential facilitator: Karen Rodrigues On-line facilitator: Greg Cartan Session: Semester 1 Classes: Residential and Online. 5-day Residential session in February, Online classes (Semester 1, 1-14) Assessment: Residential (10%), Learning Journals (40%) Online participation (20%), Group Assignment (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
The Leadership, People and Organisations unit will aim to raise awareness of the need for leadership and management skills amongst veterinary public health professionals. Through experiential learning activities, group case study analysis and scenario based problem-solving activities, students will identify how they can develop effective management and leadership skills at the residential session. In the online classroom, students will use independent study and group learning to further explore aspects of leadership and working successfully within organisations.
After completing the Leadership, People and Organisations unit, students will be able to: explain the importance and principles of leadership in the context of animal health management and veterinary public health: discuss aspects of leadership such as personality, intelligence, values, cultural differences, motivations, self efficacy and perception: identify their own skill requirements: use and explain the principles of action learning: explain the effects of group dynamics in work teams: discuss how power and influence impact on success at work: analyse and develop their own leadership skills: explain how work design can affect organizational and team success: discuss organizational behaviour and culture: recommend strategies to transform organizations.
Textbooks
Organisational Behaviour: Emerging Knowledge. Global Insights. McShane, S., Olekalns, M & Travaglione, T 2013 4 Ed, McGraw Hill Australia Pty Limited: North Ryde: Australia
VETS8002 Genetic Evaluation and Breeding

This unit of study is not available in 2014

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Chris Moran Instructor: Assoc Prof Julius van der Werf Session: Semester 2 Classes: Residential and Online Prerequisites: VETS8004 Assessment: MCQs (10%) Problem Sets (10%) Case Study (40%) Tests (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
Note: This unit is core in the Animal Breeding Management stream of the Postgraduate Program in Animal Science.
This unit of study builds on the knowledge gained in VETS8004 Advanced Animal Genetics to enable students to enhance their understanding of quantitative genetics and apply them to animal breeding programs. The unit will be taught online with one short residential session in Armidale and is a core unit of study in the Animal Breeding Management course. After completing Genetic Evaluation and Breeding, students will be able to: Apply quantitative genetic principles in animal breeding programs; Explain commonly used genetic evaluation methods; Discuss the issues involved in breeding program design; Discuss the potential influence of new reproductive and genetic technologies on animal breeding programs; Independently solve common animal breeding problems.
Textbooks
GENE422/522 Genetic Evaluation and Breeding Program Design course notes UNE School of Environmental and Rural Science
VETS7026 Leadership: Managing Change

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Instructor: Shashanna Evans Session: Semester 1a Classes: 3-day Residential session in February, Online classes (Semester 1 Weeks 1-7) Prerequisites: VETS7025 Assessment: Case analysis (15%), individual assignments (70%), online participation (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
The Leadership: Managing Change unit of study will cover advanced leadership and management issues in veterinary public health. A key role for managers and leaders is managing change. The aims of this course are to: introduce you to selected theories and concepts which underpin the practice of change management; explore the roles that you and others play in initiating and facilitating organisations to change; provide you with frameworks for analysing and understanding your own experience of change in organisations; identify the range of key skills you need to effectively lead and implement change; assess your own change skills and recognise the special abilities you have already developed.
This unit looks at change on many levels, beginning with a micro focus on the individual and culminating with a more macro view of the whole organisational system. It balances practical skill building with a solid foundation of theoretical understanding. In this unit of study students will explore managing change around three central concepts: the change agent; change perspectives; change and organisations.
Textbooks
Organizational Change Senior, B. and Fleming, J. (2010), 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, Essex.
VETS7028 Leadership Skills

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Instructor(s): Shashanna Evans Session: Semester 1b Classes: Online (Semester 1 weeks 8-14) Assessment: Online participation (15%); individual assignments (85%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
This unit of study seeks to enable the development of key managerial skills.Topic areas include: social intelligence and communication skills; strategy and decision making skills; ethics; management systems and organisational design; You will also be taught how to lead teams, manage yourselves and your careers, and also how to engage your stakeholders in the process of developing these skills.
Textbooks
No prescribed textbook.
And an additional 12 credit points of elective units of study, selected from the following:
VETS8005 Advanced Animal Biotechnology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: Assoc Prof Peter Williamson Session: Semester 2 Classes: On-campus lectures 3 hrs/wk, tutorials 1 hr/wk, seminars/workshops 0.25 hrs/wk, laboratories 0.5 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ANSC3105 Assessment: Seminars (20%), essay (20%), 2 hr exam (60%) Practical field work: Excursions, self-directed learning, supervised reading, computer aided instruction 1.25 hrs/wk Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Lectures, tutorials, laboratories (PCR, DNA sequencing and bioinformatics), seminars and supervised reading and directed learning instruction will cover the application of biotechnology to animal productivity, disease control, the development of new products from animals and the impact of altered micro-organisms and plants on animals. A firm foundation in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology is provided, with an emphasis on relevance in animals. Regulation of gene expression in vivo and in expression systems, monitoring of gene expression including microarrays and proteomics,
gene mapping, genomics, including nextgen sequencing, and gene discovery are all discussed in contexts relevant to domestic animals. Genetic modifications of animals including transgenesis and gene knockout, and methods for achieving these modifications including cloning by nuclear transfer are detailed. Basic skills in bioinformatics are developed to access and utilise the vast information resources available. Legal methods of protecting intellectual property are described. Finally animal biotechnology is reviewed from an ethical perspective. Animal Biotechnology explores alternative and complementary technologies to the breeding technologies covered in the core Animal Genetics unit of study.
Textbooks
No set textbook for this unit of study.
VETS8003 Advanced Applications of Animal Breeding

This unit of study is not available in 2014

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Chris Moran Instructor: Assoc Prof Julius van der Werf Session: Semester 1 Classes: Mode: Residential and online Prerequisites: VETS8004 Assessment: Literature Review 5,000 - 6,000 words of formal written assignment (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
Note: This Unit of Study is elective in the Animal Breeding Management stream of the Postgraduate Program in Animal Science.
By completing this unit of study, students should be able to: apply skills in quantitative genetics in simulated cases based in each of the major industry groupings; develop optimal breeding objectives and design effective breeding programs, both within and across farming units.
VETS7027 Project Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Lecturer: Juergen Oschadleus Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3-day Residential session in July, Online classes Assessment: Individual Assignments (35%) Online Participation: (15%) Residential Presentation (10%) Group Project (40%) either individual assignments or a combination of a group and individual assignment. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
This unit of study is an introduction to project management for students whose main objective is to develop a range of skills in the field of Veterinary Public Health Management. The unit of study is composed of a 3-day residential and distance education, together totalling 150 hours. As a result, not every area of project management can be covered in depth. The unit concentrates on the project management processes and deliverables in order to give the student a solid grounding in project management. Obviously project management also involves other areas such as leadership, "soft skills" and the strategic aspects of projects. While some soft skills specific to project management are covered, other leadership and team management aspects are not covered in this unit of study. They are however covered in the Leadership units of study that are core to the Veterinary Public Health Management Program.
After completing Project Management, students will be able to: define project context, project phases and project knowledge areas; use common project management terminology; define project initiation stage processes and deliverables; define the processes required to execute and control the project plan; define project closing processes and to create a project review report (PRR) as part of a process to continually improve their understanding of project management; discuss the complexities and challenges of project management; propose effective strategies to deal with these complexities and challenges.
Students will also be able to define project planning stage processes and create a project plan including a: Stakeholder Management Plan; Scope Management Plan; Time Management Plan; Cost Management Plan; Quality Management Plan; Communications Management Plan; HR Management Plan; Risk Management Plan.
Textbooks
Revised: An Introduction to Project Management, With Brief Guides to Microsoft Project 2010 and @task Schwalbe K., 3rd ed. CreateSpace, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1451551648)
Or other suitable electives with permission from the program Academic Supervisor.
Students may select one from the following units offered in Bioethics:
BETH5201 Ethics and Biotechnology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ainsley Newson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 6x2hr seminars & 1x8hr intensive; or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode. Assumed knowledge: A three-year undergraduate degree in science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, or other relevant field, or by special permission. Assessment: 2x400wd tasks (2x10%); 1x1500wd essay (30%); 1x2500wd essay (40%); participation in seminars or online (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day or On-line
This unit of study introduces students to the ethical, social and legal issues that underlie a wide range of biotechnologies, including: genetics, genomics, human reproduction, stem cell research, nanotechnology and emerging biotechnologies., Key concepts influencing debates in this area are covered, such as 'procreative beneficence', personhood, risk, consent, public engagement, and property in the body (including gene patenting). Topical case studies are included to keep up with recent developments in the field. Students will explore the ethical limits to research and knowledge.
All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.
Textbooks
Students are provided with a book of readings (in digital format).
BETH5202 Human and Animal Research Ethics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ainsley Newson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4x8hr intensive or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode. Assumed knowledge: A three-year undergraduate degree in science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, or other relevant field, or by special permission. Assessment: Continuous assessment (short weekly tasks) (20%); 1x1500wd briefing paper (30%); 1x2500wd position paper (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode or On-line
This unit of study introduces students to research ethics in its social context. It explores the philosophical underpinnings of the research endeavour including the justifications for engaging in research, research priorities and research integrity. The unit also reviews the history of research and the impact of research abuse on subjects, both human and animal. International and national guidelines for ethical human and animal research will be covered and participants are encouraged to develop practical skills in relation to their own research. The second part of the unit investigates current areas of controversy and public interest in research.
All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.
Textbooks
Students are provided with a book of readings (in digital format). Most supplementary readings can be accessed through the library or online.
BETH5000 Critical Concepts in Bioethics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Robert Irvine Session: Semester 2 Classes: 13x2hr seminars or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode. Assumed knowledge: A three-year undergraduate degree in science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, or other relevant field, or by special permission. Assessment: 1x 750wd review (15%) and 1x 1500wd essay (35%) and 1x 2000-2500wd essay (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Evening or On-line
This unit of study offers a critical review of the field of bioethics. The course canvasses different ways that bioethics is 'made-up' in discourse, thought and practice, and the meaning of 'bioethics' historically and in contemporary society. Mapping some of the key literature on current on-going debates and contentions, the seminars explore different perspectives that people have of bioethics from points within and outside of the discipline and why bioethics and bioethical dilemmas have become important objects of popular and professional concern. Topics include the moral and ethical dimensions of advances in biomedical science and biotechnology, patient privacy and its limits, the virtuous bioethicist, narrative in bioethics, going public in bioethics, bioethics across cultures, feminist bioethics, bioethics and non-human animals, and, environmental bioethics in the clinic and public. Learning activities will include seminars and small group discussion.
All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.
Textbooks
Students are provided with a book of readings (in digital format). Supplementary readings can be accessed through the library or online.

Master of Animal Science (Animal Breeding Management)

A candidate for the Master's will complete the following core units totalling 24 credit points.
VETS8004 Advanced Animal Genetics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor: Dr Claire Wade Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 3 hrs/wk, practicals 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ANSC3107 Assumed knowledge: GENE2001 or MBLG2072 or MBLG2972 or equivalent Assessment: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%) Practical field work: Practicals with associated reports and on-line quizzes (25%), Mid Semester on-line examination (25%), Final Examination (50%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
The unit of Study explores in detail genetic aspects of commercial animal populations and investigates options for the practical application of genetics to improve animal productivity. It is designed to provide the background material, fundamental concepts and data analysis methods for breeding strategies in the animal industries. The unit of study develops basic principles of population and quantitative genetics from Agricultural Genetics. It provides essential background and context to the molecular principles expanded in Animal Biotechnology. Animal Genetics provides the justification for the application for advanced reproductive technologies presented in Animal Reproduction.
At the end of this Unit of Study, students will demonstrate an understanding of: the principles of population genetics and the concepts of relationship and inbreeding, and adverse effects of this inbreeding; the principles of quantitative genetics including the concepts of genetic variance, heritability and repeatability, and methods for the identification and selection of superior livestock; the use of multi-trait selection procedures to increase the overall economic value of populations of animals; the constraints to production gains using genetic selection programmes and advantages obtained through crossbreeding; the practical application of selection and crossing in animals; the application of genomic and reproductive technologies in Animal breeding. Introductory bioinformatics, genomics, cytogenetics and conservation biology will be covered.
Textbooks
Nicholas, FW (2010) Introduction to Veterinary Genetics (3rd Ed) October 2009, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa, USA ISBN: 978-1-4051-6832-8
VETS7025 Leadership, People and Organisations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Instructor: Residential facilitator: Karen Rodrigues On-line facilitator: Greg Cartan Session: Semester 1 Classes: Residential and Online. 5-day Residential session in February, Online classes (Semester 1, 1-14) Assessment: Residential (10%), Learning Journals (40%) Online participation (20%), Group Assignment (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
The Leadership, People and Organisations unit will aim to raise awareness of the need for leadership and management skills amongst veterinary public health professionals. Through experiential learning activities, group case study analysis and scenario based problem-solving activities, students will identify how they can develop effective management and leadership skills at the residential session. In the online classroom, students will use independent study and group learning to further explore aspects of leadership and working successfully within organisations.
After completing the Leadership, People and Organisations unit, students will be able to: explain the importance and principles of leadership in the context of animal health management and veterinary public health: discuss aspects of leadership such as personality, intelligence, values, cultural differences, motivations, self efficacy and perception: identify their own skill requirements: use and explain the principles of action learning: explain the effects of group dynamics in work teams: discuss how power and influence impact on success at work: analyse and develop their own leadership skills: explain how work design can affect organizational and team success: discuss organizational behaviour and culture: recommend strategies to transform organizations.
Textbooks
Organisational Behaviour: Emerging Knowledge. Global Insights. McShane, S., Olekalns, M & Travaglione, T 2013 4 Ed, McGraw Hill Australia Pty Limited: North Ryde: Australia
VETS8002 Genetic Evaluation and Breeding

This unit of study is not available in 2014

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Chris Moran Instructor: Assoc Prof Julius van der Werf Session: Semester 2 Classes: Residential and Online Prerequisites: VETS8004 Assessment: MCQs (10%) Problem Sets (10%) Case Study (40%) Tests (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
Note: This unit is core in the Animal Breeding Management stream of the Postgraduate Program in Animal Science.
This unit of study builds on the knowledge gained in VETS8004 Advanced Animal Genetics to enable students to enhance their understanding of quantitative genetics and apply them to animal breeding programs. The unit will be taught online with one short residential session in Armidale and is a core unit of study in the Animal Breeding Management course. After completing Genetic Evaluation and Breeding, students will be able to: Apply quantitative genetic principles in animal breeding programs; Explain commonly used genetic evaluation methods; Discuss the issues involved in breeding program design; Discuss the potential influence of new reproductive and genetic technologies on animal breeding programs; Independently solve common animal breeding problems.
Textbooks
GENE422/522 Genetic Evaluation and Breeding Program Design course notes UNE School of Environmental and Rural Science
Either:
VETS7027 Project Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Lecturer: Juergen Oschadleus Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3-day Residential session in July, Online classes Assessment: Individual Assignments (35%) Online Participation: (15%) Residential Presentation (10%) Group Project (40%) either individual assignments or a combination of a group and individual assignment. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
This unit of study is an introduction to project management for students whose main objective is to develop a range of skills in the field of Veterinary Public Health Management. The unit of study is composed of a 3-day residential and distance education, together totalling 150 hours. As a result, not every area of project management can be covered in depth. The unit concentrates on the project management processes and deliverables in order to give the student a solid grounding in project management. Obviously project management also involves other areas such as leadership, "soft skills" and the strategic aspects of projects. While some soft skills specific to project management are covered, other leadership and team management aspects are not covered in this unit of study. They are however covered in the Leadership units of study that are core to the Veterinary Public Health Management Program.
After completing Project Management, students will be able to: define project context, project phases and project knowledge areas; use common project management terminology; define project initiation stage processes and deliverables; define the processes required to execute and control the project plan; define project closing processes and to create a project review report (PRR) as part of a process to continually improve their understanding of project management; discuss the complexities and challenges of project management; propose effective strategies to deal with these complexities and challenges.
Students will also be able to define project planning stage processes and create a project plan including a: Stakeholder Management Plan; Scope Management Plan; Time Management Plan; Cost Management Plan; Quality Management Plan; Communications Management Plan; HR Management Plan; Risk Management Plan.
Textbooks
Revised: An Introduction to Project Management, With Brief Guides to Microsoft Project 2010 and @task Schwalbe K., 3rd ed. CreateSpace, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1451551648)
Or:
VETS7026 Leadership: Managing Change

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Prof Michael Ward Instructor: Shashanna Evans Session: Semester 1a Classes: 3-day Residential session in February, Online classes (Semester 1 Weeks 1-7) Prerequisites: VETS7025 Assessment: Case analysis (15%), individual assignments (70%), online participation (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
The Leadership: Managing Change unit of study will cover advanced leadership and management issues in veterinary public health. A key role for managers and leaders is managing change. The aims of this course are to: introduce you to selected theories and concepts which underpin the practice of change management; explore the roles that you and others play in initiating and facilitating organisations to change; provide you with frameworks for analysing and understanding your own experience of change in organisations; identify the range of key skills you need to effectively lead and implement change; assess your own change skills and recognise the special abilities you have already developed.
This unit looks at change on many levels, beginning with a micro focus on the individual and culminating with a more macro view of the whole organisational system. It balances practical skill building with a solid foundation of theoretical understanding. In this unit of study students will explore managing change around three central concepts: the change agent; change perspectives; change and organisations.
Textbooks
Organizational Change Senior, B. and Fleming, J. (2010), 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, Essex.
And:
VETS7028 Leadership Skills

Credit points: 3 Teacher/Coordinator: Instructor(s): Shashanna Evans Session: Semester 1b Classes: Online (Semester 1 weeks 8-14) Assessment: Online participation (15%); individual assignments (85%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
This unit of study seeks to enable the development of key managerial skills.Topic areas include: social intelligence and communication skills; strategy and decision making skills; ethics; management systems and organisational design; You will also be taught how to lead teams, manage yourselves and your careers, and also how to engage your stakeholders in the process of developing these skills.
Textbooks
No prescribed textbook.
In addition to 24 credit points of core units, a candidate must complete:
6 credit points of Research units of study and 18 credit points of Elective units of study
Or
12 credit points of Research units of study and 12 credit points of Elective units of study.
VETS8021 Animal Science Research Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this Unit of Study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.
VETS8022 Animal Science Research Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Academic Supervisor: Assoc Prof Alex Chaves Instructor(s): Supervisors on arrangement Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: By supervision Corequisites: VETS8021 Assessment: Progress Reports (10%) Assessment of research support skills (20%) Dissertation (thesis) (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study, participants will learn to conduct animal science research in a professional and ethical manner.