Courses & Units

Animal Science KLA326


This unit explores how animal science production can be expanded to meet future needs while maintaining social licence to operate and minimising climate impacts. Students will gain knowledge of the science underpinning aspects of modern animal production and develop an awareness of the major ethical, welfare and sustainability issues impacting animal industries. Students will have the opportunity to dive deeper into ethical and sustainability issues that they are passionate about and explore a range of technological solutions. Critical thinking skills will be developed during the assessment tasks which require engaging with the scientific literature, identifying quality sources of information, and constructing well-reasoned arguments. The face-to-face classes will apply the theoretical knowledge to practical situations in a range of activities including tutorials, laboratories, and field trips. Understanding the challenges and future possibilities for animal production and being able to critically evaluate information and construct well-reasoned arguments will prepare students for undertaking animal research or working in professional roles including as growers, consultants, extension officers and processors.


Unit name Animal Science
Unit code KLA326
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 an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how technologies can enhance sustainable animal production to meet future needs
  • Use critical thinking and scientific evidence to inform future practices in animal production
  • Compare sustainability issues and technological solutions in animal production.
  • Analyse the ethical and welfare implications of animal production practices in industry

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050101 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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KLA120 OR KZA161 OR KLA211


Teaching Pattern

2 x 50min lectorials or online content weekly + 1 x 3 hour practical, field trip or tutorial weekly

AssessmentMultiple-choice test (10%)|Group sustainability oral presentation (20%)|Examination (35%)|Report (35%)
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