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Semester 1 - Dual-Delivery
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Please note that the this subject is delivered as an on-campus subject and all students are expected to be in Melbourne to attend classes. This subject is listed in the Handbook as Dual Delivery as the University remains committed to providing reasonable adjustments for students who are affected by COVID-19 related travel delays.
However students who are able to travel to Melbourne are expected to do so in time for the commencement of this subject.
This subject examines the major extensive animal production systems in Australia and internationally, with a focus on the impact of management practices on the health and welfare of animal populations. Through case-based syndicate work relevant to the major extensive production systems (beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, camelids and goats), students will develop an appreciation of the major determinants of profitability, productivity and sustainability of these industries, be able to describe the basic principles of breeding, management, nutrition, animal welfare and disease control as they relate to extensive animal production systems, and be able to specify where veterinary input may be important. Students will gain an understanding of the ethical and legal frameworks that govern the major extensive livestock industries in Australia, assuring the safe, ethical and legal production of food and fibre products.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Use knowledge of major Australian and international extensive animal production industries (beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, camelids and goats) to be able to analyse and influence the common production systems within them and the major determinants of profitability, productivity and sustainability
- Describe the basic principles of breeding, management, nutrition, animal welfare and disease control as they relate to extensive animal production systems and specify where veterinary input may be important
- Apply the ethical and legal frameworks that govern the major extensive livestock industries in Australia in assuring the safe, ethical and legal production of food and fibre products by industry stakeholders, including veterinarians
- Be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- Have enhanced analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- Be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method.
Last updated: 12 November 2022