Courses & Units

Animal Production Systems KLA432

Hobart

Note:

This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.

Introduction

This unit provides an overview of the major Tasmanian animal production systems and how they fit within the broader Australian and worldwide contexts. Students use systems thinking to explore the variety of strategies that growers use meet their production targets. These include decisions around production intensification, husbandry, genetic tools, feed base and niche market opportunities.  Students learn how animal health, welfare and nutrition impact product quantity and quality and explore the impact of grower management decisions along the value chain. Excursions to commercial animal production enterprises enable students to see the real-life complexities of these growing systems and to interact with well-established Tasmanian producers. Students apply their systems-based thinking by comparing the visited enterprises, designing a stock management plan and verbally communicating about a contemporary aspect of animal production. Understanding how the many system elements can impact production and preparing management plans prepares students for undertaking further animal studies (including production animal research) or working in many industry roles including as growers, consultants, extension officers and processors.

Summary

Unit name Animal Production Systems
Unit code KLA432
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator

Sarah Andrewartha

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Describe the components of Australian animal production systems within a worldwide context.

2.

Evaluate the key characteristics and drivers of efficient, effective and profitable animal production systems.

3.

Interpret and communicate scientific and industry information to a scientific audience.

4.

Design a best-practice animal management plan based on collected data

Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,783.00 050105

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Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KLA220

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, weekly 3-hr field and lab practicals, seminars, excursions (13 wks)

Assessment

ATT1. Presentation (individual or group) Presentation (10%)

ATT2. Report 1000 words (20%)

ATT3. Report 1200 words (20%)

ATT4. Final exam (50%)

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