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Animal Science (BAnimSc)


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Title Animal Science (BAnimSc)
Course Code B1222; H1245 (no direct entry)
Study Level Bachelor
School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Andrew Thompson | Email: Andrew.Thompson@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6815

Qualification Bachelor of Animal Science (BAnimSc)
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description The aim of this degree is to train an adaptable animal scientist who will find employment in a wide range of agricultural industries. The degree will be excellent preparation for a career in animal agriculture and the animal research industries.

In the first year, students will be introduced to the major animal production industries and also study chemistry, introductory physiology and anatomy, statistics, cell biology, and animal ethics. Students also have the option of studying economics.

During second and third year, students will undertake further study in animal production systems (including scientific writing and communication), biochemistry, animal molecular biology, physiology and anatomy, immunology and vaccines, statistics, pathology, nutrition, microbiology, parasitology and genetics.

Fourth year allows students to choose from a selection of animal-based subjects at Murdoch University. As the principal activity, students will undertake a research project. For those wishing to graduate with Honours, students have competitive access to an honours stream within fourth year, whereby they can undertake a research project.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements. There are no prerequisites for admission but it is highly desirable for students to have studied Chemistry 3A/3B and at least Mathematics 2A/2B.

English competence.

Special Requirements Internet access, on-campus attendance for laboratory sessions.
Employment Prospects Gradlink surveys over the past five years indicate at least 75 per cent full-time employment. About 20 per cent of graduates go on to further full-time study. Agricultural industries employ animal science graduates in a variety of roles such as consultants, technical advisors, and government research officers.
Professional Recognition Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST).
Recommended Minors Applied Statistics; Business Economics; Molecular Biology
Main research areas Animal Production, Agricultural and Veterinary Biotechnology.
Further Information http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcadContactsVeterinaryLifeSci
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 96 credit points

Course Prerequisites

Chemistry Background

Students may need to complete one prerequisite unit depending on their background in chemistry and their final scaled score in TEE Chemistry or Chemistry 3A/3B within the past three years.
TEE Chemistry or Chemistry 3A/3B with a final scaled score of 60 percent or more
PEC140 Introduction to Chemistry -- 3 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Students who have completed previous chemistry not stated above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Part I - 24 credit points

Foundation Unit - 3 credit points

Select one Foundation Unit from the Foundation Units section in this Handbook.

Core Units - 15 credit points

ANS101 Animal Production Systems I -- 3 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

BMS107 Principles of Vertebrate Physiology -- 3 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

BIO152 Cell Biology -- 3 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis -- 3 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ANS106 Animal and Human Bioethics -- 3 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

General Electives - 6 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Any Murdoch unit taken as a course prerequisite will be considered as a Part I General Elective.
Students are advised to consider using these points to meet the requirements of a minor.

ANS102 Introduction to the Animal Body -- 3 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

Part II - 72 credit points

Core Units - 44 credit points

ANS253 Physiology and Anatomy of Farm Animals -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

ANS251 Agricultural Biochemistry -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

ANS252 Animal Molecular Biology -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

BIO252 Immunology, Vaccines and Cell Culture -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

ANS350 Pathology and Disease of Production Animals -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

ANS351 Animal Microbiology -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

ANS354 Animal Nutrition and Toxicology -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

ANS356 Animal Parasitology -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

ANS250 Animal Production Systems II -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

ANS353 Animal Production Systems III -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

ANS357 Animal Industry Experience -- 0 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

ANS358 Animal Production Systems IV -- 4 pts
Murdoch: Y-internal

General Electives - 28 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites.
Students are advised to consider using these points to meet the requirements of a minor.

ANS359 Applied Animal Agriculture -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal, S2-internal, Y-internal

ANS3591 Applied Animal Breeding -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal, S2-internal, Y-internal

ANS361 Equine Physiology and Behaviour -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

ANS362 Equine Nutrition and Health -- 4 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal

* ANS450 Animal Science Research -- 16 pts
Murdoch: Y-internal
* Denotes unit required for Honours students. This unit is by invitation only and students must consult with the Academic Chair of Animal Science in order to undertake this unit.


The award of Honours is available on the basis of distinguished achievement in ANS450 Animal Science Research -- 16 pts.

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