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Animal Industry Experience (ANS337)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit is the capstone unit for the Animal Science major and consolidates all previously taught material across a broad range of production systems. Knowledge of a systems based approach to managing, evaluating and improving a productive, profitable and efficient operation is essential. These aspects will be drawn together in this unit through production system economics, extension of research, genetic systems, marketing and animal production technologies. The practical farm experience and industry tour will also be finalised in this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will have gained:
1. An understanding of systems theory and practice
2. Experience in practical situation analysis and skills in problem solving, in 'real world' settings
3. An understanding of the way technology is adopted in the management of agricultural businesses
4. The opportunity to apply knowledge gained earlier in their degree to the solution of practical problems
5. Experience in analysing interactions between biophysical systems, farm management and economics
6. Skills in the analysis, interpretation and reporting of industry data to inform directional company change or improvement
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 per week for 12 weeks; practicals/workshops/computer laboratories - 3 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is systems based learning, learning through experience and self-directed learning. Systems based learning occurs during the semester through the amalgamation of theoretical lectures, practicals, workshops, seminars and computer lab sessions which cover the same topics but in different contexts. This unit will enable students the opportunity to put the theory they have learnt in other ANS units into practice in commercial rural enterprises. Animal Scientists need to understand farming (particularly the human-animal interaction and interdependence) and the social and economic environment in which farming occurs. Such an understanding then enables the development of the skills needed to work with producers.
Other Learning Experiences Practical experience - 8 weeks over 3 years of B.Sc. degree
Industry tour - 1 week during non-teaching break
Assessment The assessment for this unit will be provided through numerous assessments throughout semester based around the learning outcomes of the teaching modules. 10% of assessment will be for the property report for a 2 week or longer placement for farm experience, 40% in a final examination at the end of semester. 50% of the unit assessment will be based on content covered in classes and practicals during the semester. Feedback for each assessment will vary, but students will generally receive information regarding performance and suggestions for improvement if needed.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science or Animal Health; ANS101 Animal Production Systems 1; ANS230 Animal Production Systems 2; ANS333 Animal Production Systems 3.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ANS357 Animal Industry Experience may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Student Industry Tour will require an extra-curricular fee from each student of $250.00.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
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