Courses & Units

Animal Production Systems KLA120

Hobart, Launceston


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.


Unit name Animal Production Systems
Unit code KLA120
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Sarah Andrewartha

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes


Describe key biological principles that impact profitable animal production


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


Communicate scientific and industry information to a scientific audience


Design an animal management plan based on collected data


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050101 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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Teaching Pattern

Hobart: All lectures delivered online. Tutorials, field trips and practical delivered face-to-face.

Launceston: All lectures and some tutorials delivered online. 4 x whole-day face-to-face workshops/field trip/practicals scheduled.


ATT1 - 10 minute Individual seminar (10%)

ATT2 - Industry Excursion Report (20%)

ATT3 - Sheep assessment report and plan (20%)

ATT4 - Exam (50%)

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