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Introduction to Livestock Science and Genetics (ANS101)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, UA6-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces the theory and practice of animal production systems. Animal production will be explored through an introduction to soils and soil structure, plant and pasture science, quantitative genetics and a broad coverage of livestock farming systems. Practical classes will utilise the university farm to enhance the understanding of each topic studied, including practical skills in the safe handling of sheep, cattle, horses and pigs using low-stress handling methods where possible.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should have be able to:
1. Understand basic animal behaviour concepts and describe how these are incorporated into the husbandry of domestic livestock species
2. Describe the significance and scope of domestic livestock industries in Australia
3. Describe the basic husbandry of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs
4. Be proficient and confident in restraining and handling sheep, cattle, pigs and horses, using appropriate techniques and commonly used facilities and devices
5. Know and recognise the major breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and horses, and the attributes significant for their respective roles
6. Simply describe the formation and components of soils, and their attributes with regard to sustainably supporting plant growth
7. Describe the components of improved pastures, with regard to their position as a major feed source for livestock in Australia
8. Describe how traits are inherited and how they can be genetically controlled to improve the health and productivity of animals
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week; workshops: 1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks (WA Farm Safety Workshop).
For SUMMER-AUT UA6 offering: Lectures: 32 online; practicals: 24 hours over a two week period; WA Farm Safety Workshop: run over 3 days.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to deliver the theory behind Australian production systems in lectures. There is a breadth of expert lecturers who contribute to this course. In the practical sessions the principals of safe animal handling and restraint are taught and students are able to practice using live pigs, horses, sheep and cattle.
Other Learning Experiences One 1.5 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks as part of Farm Safety. One 3 hour practical held in the study break.
Assessment * One, 1 hour mid-semester exam on material covered in ALL the soils and pastures lectures 15%
* Participation and competency-based evaluation during practicals PASS/FAIL
* Online quizzes 30%
* Farm Safety Training pass/fail
* Three-hour exam: 1hour exam on identification and description of livestock breeds 15% and 2 hour exam on lecture material 40% SUMMER-AUT UA6
* Online quizzes 30%
* Participation and competency-based evaluation during practicals PASS/FAIL
* Farm Safety Training pass/fail
* One, 1 hour exam on material covered in ALL the soils and pastures lectures 15%
*One three-hour exam: 1hour exam on identification and description of livestock breeds 15% and 2 hour exam on lecture material 40% .
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Animal Science, Animal Science major or Veterinary Biology major.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ANS101 Animal Production Systems I or VET242 Animal Systems I cannot enrol for credit in this unit.
Previously 2016: 'Introduction to Livestock Science'; 2013: 'Animal Production Systems I'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
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.


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