Courses & Units

Animal Production Systems KLA120

Hobart, Launceston

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 and explore the impact of grower management decisions along the value chain. These include decisions around production intensification, husbandry, genetic tools, feed base and niche market opportunities. Students learn about key biological processes that enable animals to grow and reproduce and explore how these processes impact product quantity and quality. 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 and designing a stock management plan. 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 KLA120
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Sarah Andrewartha
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

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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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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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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 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Lecture, 2 x 50min lectures weekly; Practical, 1 x 3hr practical or 1 x 2hr tutorial or 1 x 4hr field trip weekly 

AssessmentExamination (40%)|Systems test (10%)|Nutrient capture and use test (20%)|Animal management report and plan (30%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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