This unit of study is designed to develop the student's ability to critically examine and evaluate the production and management of animals used for food and fibre in Australia and internationally. The unit will focus on new and emerging issues in animal production, including productivity, welfare, remote monitoring and management, animals in the environment, and meeting specifications in an ever-evolving marketplace. The identification, selection and breeding of animals that are optimally suited to production systems is a focus. New thinking and innovations that are being used to address scientific, industry and social expectation challenges will be a feature of the unit and case studies will be used throughout to examine interactions between these factors and their impact on management practices. Students will gain research and inquiry skills through research based group projects, information literacy and communication skills through online discussion postings, laboratory reports and presentations, and personal and intellectual autonomy through working in groups. At the successful completion of the unit, students will have the core knowledge and skills to enable them to lead developments in production animal industries in Australia and overseas.
Two 1-hour lectures per week
One 2-hour final exam (50%), four online quizzes (20%), reflective statement (5%), handling and husbandry resource guide (20%), lectures and practicals attendance (5%)
No prescribed textbooks
HSC level Mathematics and Biology
12cp from (BIOL1XXX, AGEN1004) and 12cp from (CHEM1XX1, CHEM1XX2, AGEN1006)Prohibitions