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Animal Production Systems II (ANS230)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will develop knowledge of the theory and practice of animal production systems. Animal production from pasture systems will be emphasised, and the associated role of soils. Modules covered in this unit are soil fertility, pastures and fertilisers, beef, pork and poultry production systems. The information delivered in this unit provides a robust, practical and systems-based understanding of the livestock industries. Practical classes will utilise the Murdoch Farm, other properties and industry organisations to develop industry recognised skills.
Unit Learning Outcomes After studying this unit you should be able to:
1. Understand and be able to evaluate the physical and financial performance of beef, pig and poultry production systems, including performance analysis and diagnosis of problems, and contribute to the achievement of best practice.
2. Interpret pasture growth dynamics in the context of soil fertility and a grazing animal system. From this you will develop the ability to assess animal and pasture productivity and increase the sustainability of the farming system.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week;pPractical classes/workshops/computer labs: 3 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is systems based learning. Systems based learning occurs through the amalgamation of theoretical lectures and practicals which cover the same topics but in different contexts.
Other Learning Experiences Field trips to stud cattle properties, the Murdoch University farms and other industry visits.
Assessment The assessment for this unit will be provided through numerous assessments throughout semester (45% of total assessment) based around the learning outcomes of the teaching modules and 55% of assessment will be in a final examination at the end of semester. Feedback for each assessment will vary, but students will generally receive information regarding performance and suggestions for improvement if needed.
The practical based assessments throughout the semester are a combination of online quizzes and reports.
Prerequisites ANS101 Introduction to Livestock Science
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ANS250 Animal Production Systems II may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Science (BSc) [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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