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This unit explores animal science within the scope of modern agriculture. During the unit, students will gain knowledge of the science underpinning different aspects of modern animal production. Students will be encouraged to engage with the scientific literature and identify suitable sources of information when completing the assessment tasks.

An important aspect of this unit is the opportunity for students to develop an awareness of animal ethics and animal welfare through the major ethical and welfare issues currently debated within agriculture.

In the practical classes, students are given the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge learned during the lectures to practical situations with a range of different activities including active tutorials and laboratories.

Summary 2021

Unit name Animal Science
Unit code KLA326
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Dr Sarah Bonny

Teaching staff

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



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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Compare well-reasoned perspectives on a controversial topic in animal production using evidence and the principles of animal ethics and animal welfare
  2. Apply the principles of ‘low-stress stock handling’ to practical on-farm situations such as interacting with production animals and the design of animal handling facilities
  3. Defend ideas and arguments in the area of animal science using relevant research
  4. Explain animal management programs and techniques using your knowledge of digestive physiology, reproduction, genetics, health and disease, and biosecurity.




KLA211 or KLA220 or Admission into a Masters course


Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

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


3-hr theory exam (40%) and internal assessment which includes a debate, mid-semester test and a portfolio (60%)

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