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Animal Production Systems II (ANS230)
|Organisational Unit||Agricultural Sciences|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||This unit develops knowledge of theory and animal production systems practises. Animal production and role of soils from pasture systems is emphasised. Modules covered 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, and workshops include industry professionals to get an understanding of the real world experience and develop industry recognised skills.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Specific learning objectives for each lecture, practical and workshop are provided, and are linked to the overall unit learning outcomes. After studying this unit you should be able to:
1. Get a thorough understanding about the main production principles of the beef, pig and poultry industry, including reproduction, genetics, nutrition, cost of production, 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 systems. 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;
Practical classes and Workshops: 3 hours per week
|Unit Learning Experiences||The broad aims of this unit are to give a thorough understanding of:
1. The beef industry, including northern and southern production systems, reproduction, genetics, health issues, welfare, feedlotting and nutrition
2. Concepts of soil fertility and productivity, in particular to understand the role of fertilisers as major inputs in intensive pasture-based grazing animal systems
3. The growth and management of pastures, particularly in the context of the nutrition of grazing ruminants and the impact of varying species
4. The pig industry, including production systems, housing, reproduction, nutrition and genetics
5. The egg industry and the poultry meat (broiler) industry, including housing, reproduction, and welfare
The approach to learning in this unit is systems based learning. Systems based learning occurs through the amalgamation of theoretical lectures and practicals and workshops which cover the same topics but in different contexts. The practicals and workshops of this unit will therefore reiterate the materials taught in the lectures in a more knowledge application approach. The practicals and workshops aim for students to:
1. Apply the underlying materials within an industry context
3. Demonstrate competency at basic practical exercises such as using excel and using online industry applications.
4. Perform basic calculations.
5. Interpret results and apply the results in industry scenario's.
6. Demonstrate willingness to work effectively.
|Assessment||The assessment for this unit will be provided through numerous assessments throughout semester (50% of total assessment) based around the learning outcomes of the teaching modules and 50% of assessment will be in a final examination at the end of semester. The practical based assessments throughout the semester are online quizzes, therefore feedback for each assessment regarding performance and correctness will be provided through the use of the Learning Management System|
|Prerequisites||ANS101 Introduction to Livestock Science|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|