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Animal Systems Analysis (ANSC30009)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeANSC30009
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Effective management of animal systems requires an appreciation of the context in which that management is carried out. This context may be predominantly social, environmental or commercial or combinations thereof. The application of scientific knowledge in conjunction with an appreciation of context, individual- or societal-goals is the domain of systems analysis and thinking. This subject aims to develop the skills required to analyse these interactions and support decision-making in animal enterprises. Students will examine real world situations, and align the scientific with the social. Assessment work will see students required to clearly identify problems to be solved, analyse options for solving the problems and then provide evidence based assessment to support their decisions. It is designed to enable students to work effectively with the owners and managers of animal businesses in bringing about change in their system.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should have gained:

  • A basic understanding of systems theory and practice
  • Experience in practical situation analysis and skills in problem solving, in 'real world' settings
  • An understanding of the way technology is adopted in the management of animal industry, businesses and natural resources
  • The opportunity to apply knowledge gained earlier in their course to the solution of practical problems

Generic skills

On completion of the subject the students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Capacity to tackle unfamiliar and complex problems
  • Ability to think systemically and integrate knowledge from different disciplines
  • Communication skills, through written and oral presentations to a ‘client’
  • Quantitative analysis skills
  • Ability to plan work, be efficient in time management and deliver results within a prescribed time line

Last updated: 10 August 2019