Courses & Units

Pasture and Animal Science KLA438


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


The unit introduces the science behind pasture production and management and the link between pasture or other feedstuffs on animal digestion, feed and nutrient utilisation and productive performance. In the practical classes, students are given the opportunity to perform pasture assessment and experience the methods used to determine the quality of feeds. The practical sessions also give the students practice applying the theoretical knowledge about animal health and nutrition learned during the lectures to practical situations.


Unit name Pasture and Animal Science
Unit code KLA438
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Ms Harriet Walker
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Classify the botanical composition of a given pasture to at least genus level
  • Discuss pasture and nutrients with respect to ruminant nutrition and relate nutrition to digestive physiology, anatomy, animal performance and product quality
  • Present, interpret and synthesise data in an appropriate scientific manner and form a realistic hypothesis supported by scientific literature in the area of pasture and animal science
  • Apply the key elements of sustainable grazing systems to animal production
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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Teaching Pattern

2 x ~50 min lectures weekly, 1 x 3 hr practical weekly

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Plant ID Practical Test. (5%)|Examination (40%)|Assessment Task 3: Report (35%)|Assessment Task 2: Essay (20%)
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