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Animal Health (BSc)

  • B1376BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES)

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Title Animal Health (BSc)
Course Code B1376
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Animal Health
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description The Animal Health BSc equips students with knowledge of the principles of animal health and disease. Students will develop a scientific understanding relevant to a number of disciplines within the field of animal health with a strong emphasis on application of theory to the health and well-being of domestic animals and wildlife. Students will develop skills required to work in teams to address problems and communicate outcomes related to a number of disciplines within the area of animal health.
The Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Sciences) builds deep understanding and practical experience as well as industry and community engagement, with double majors and major/minor combinations available in different specialisations or other disciplines to enhance how agricultural science operates in social, business, health and policy environments. Extensive laboratory work and farm experience provide opportunities to enhance practical skills.
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 undertaken WACE Chemistry 3A/3B and Mathematics 2C/2D.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
MLLO 1 - Demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles and practices of animal health in agriculture
MLLO 2 - Describe the scientific method and demonstrate its application to agricultural problems
MLLO3 - Apply appropriate analytical and technical methods to solve agricultural problems

SKILLS
MLLO 4 - Collect, record, analyse and interpret information using the conventions of scientific argument, judgement, deduction and communication
MLLO 5 - Choose and apply relevant quantitative and qualitative analyses
MLLO6 - Communicate scientific data, information and arguments effectively in writing, speaking and online outlets to scientific peer groups and the broader community

APPLICATION
MLLO 7 - Apply principles of animal and human ethics and academic integrity in a range of professional settings
MLLO 8 - Apply agricultural knowledge and skills in global and regional contexts
MLLO 9 - Collaborate effectively with scientific specialists within and outside the agricultural sciences
MLLO 10 - Work both under supervision and autonomously
MLLO 11 - Work effectively in team environments, including teams with intercultural and interdisciplinary diversity
MLLO12 - Reflect critically on professional experiences, including the capacity for lifelong learning

Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1 - Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of the agricultural sciences in society
CLO 2 - Describe the scientific method and demonstrate its application to agricultural problems
CLO3 - Apply appropriate analytical and technical methods to solve agricultural problems

SKILLS
CLO 4 - Collect, record, analyse and interpret information using the conventions of scientific argument, judgement, deduction and communication
CLO 5 - Choose and apply relevant quantitative and qualitative analyses
CLO6 - Communicate scientific data, information and arguments effectively in writing, speaking and online outlets to scientific peer groups and the broader community

APPLICATION
CLO 7 - Apply principles of animal and human ethics and academic integrity in a range of professional settings
CLO 8 - Apply agricultural knowledge and skills in global and regional contexts
CLO 9 - Collaborate effectively with scientific specialists within and outside the agricultural sciences
CLO 10 - Work both under supervision and autonomously
CLO 11 - Work effectively in team environments, including teams with intercultural and interdisciplinary diversity
CLO12 - Reflect critically on professional experiences, including the capacity for lifelong learning

Employment Prospects Graduates in Animal Health are strongly placed to pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, companion animal industries and wildlife management. Employment opportunities include private industry, public sector (state and federal government), non-government organisations and research and development institutions. Other career options include research or further study in specialised fields (for example, veterinary science).
Professional Recognition Recognised by Ag Institute Australia. Ag Institute Australia is the peak body representing the interests of Agricultural and Natural Resource Management professionals. Students graduating with Major in Animal Health are eligible for professional membership.
Recommended Double Majors Animal Science
Recommended Minors Applied Animal Production; Equine Science
Excluded Double Majors Veterinary Science
Main research areas Applied biochemistry, meat science, animal nutrition, anatomy, physiology, embryology, histology, pathology, microbiology, virology, immunology, parasitology, biosecurity, epidemiology and public health.
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 - 72 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 6 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Select from the following:
MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

VLS302 Professional Placement in Veterinary and Life Sciences - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, SUM-placement

Core Units - 12 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BIO152 Cell Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 180 places), S2-internal

Major Units - 24 credit points

Required Units - 24 credit points

ANS102 Introduction to the Animal Body - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ANS221 Animal Structure and Function - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ANS313 Pathology and Diseases of Production Animals - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET211 Principles of Infectious Disease I - Veterinary Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET272 Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

VET278 Principles of Infectious Disease II - Veterinary Parasitology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET392 One Health - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Options - 27 credit points

Major 2 /Co-Major /Minor /General Elective

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