ANIML SC 1015RW - Animal Handling & Husbandry I
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 1015RW Course Animal Handling & Husbandry I Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Available to BSc (Animal Science), BSc (Animal Behaviour and Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students or with agreement from the Course Coordinator Course Description The course will provide students with a basic understanding of production animals, horses, companion, wildlife and laboratory animals and their respective industries in Australia and overseas. A general overview of agricultural production will also be covered. Themes to be studied include: livestock agricultural systems; the equine industry; biology and husbandry of companion animals, wildlife and lab animals; agricultural economics intensive animal production systems, and the effects of animal husbandry on welfare. There will be tutorials covering library and computer based information retrieval skills and specific animal husbandry topics. Practical exercises will include instruction on the handling of sheep, cattle, horses, poultry, pigs, alpacas, dogs and small animals.
Course Coordinator: Dr Will van Wettere
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe the roles of animals in society 2 Describe the biology of commonly domesticated animals 3 Demonstrate knowledge of common husbandry systems, including the economic drivers, as well as the role of veterinary and animal scientists 4 Demonstrate animal handling skills in a variety of domescitc and non-domestic species 5 Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication, information retrieval and the critical evaluation of information
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
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Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesBoots and coveralls are required for all practical classes.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes2 hours of lecture block taught in one day
1 tutorial for 1 hour per week
1 practical of 4 hours per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryLectures will be done by species and include:
- Alpaca Industry
- Equine Industry
- Poultry Industry
- Beef Cattle Farming
- Pasture Management
- Pig Industry
- Companion Animals & Lab Animals
- Sheep and Other Small Ruminants
- Dairy Cattle Farming
- Introduction to Wildlife Management/Conservation
Tutorials will focus on problem solving issues related to the lecture material, as well as essay writing, finding, citing and referencing information (including use of databases), and oral presentation skills. Students will also have time to work on their Group Project and get assistance from tutors if needed.
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at practicals and tutorials is compulsory. Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a class by submitting the application form, with appropriate supporting documentation, to the Course Co-ordinator. If students do not, and are continuously absent, they may be precluded from sitting the final examination and/or from being eligible for additional assessment opportunities. Application forms are available at https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/study/student-support/forms-and-policies#animal-and-veterinary-sciences-resources.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle? Learning Outcome Due Tutorial Quizzes Formative 20% No 1 - 3 Weeks 2 - 12 Group Project – written report & oral presentation Summative 20% No 1 - 5 Week 8 - 12 Practical Exams Summative 30% Yes 4 TBA Theory Exam Summative 30% Yes 1 - 5 Exam week
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Task Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if hurdle requirement not met? Details of additional assessment, if known Practical Exams minimum of 50% over all practical exams (not individual species) YES Students that do not attain this minimum requirement will be offered an additional assessment in the form of another practical examination, concentrating on the species failed in the first examination. This will be held at an appropriate time as determined by the Course Coordinator. Theory Exam minimum of 50% YES Students that do not attain this minimum requirement will be offered an additional assessment.
Assessment DetailTutorial Quizzes (20%): A series of multiple choice quizzes based on lecture material (both industry and husbandry) will be made available regularly during the year, each quiz will relate to 2 or 3 species topics. These quizzes will form 20% of the final mark.
Group Project – written report & oral presentation (20%): A small-group project on a topic chosen from list provided. This will require skills of data acquisition but will also require problem solving as they will be required to develop an informed opinion on a potentially contentious issue facing the animal production industries. There may therefore be some degree of knowledge of regulatory framework pertaining to the topic. The report must be concise yet informative. This is a group written project (total of 1000 words – individual student contribution will be a component of that total) and the outcomes will be presented by a 30 minute organised debate at the end of semester. Feedback to the students will be provided by week 13.
Practical Exams (30%): The practical exam will be made up of a series of mini exams which will test the student’s basic animal handling and restraint skills in all species involved. Students will be tested on up to four species each week in eight to nine species (which may include small ruminants, pigs, cattle, poultry, horses, alpacas, dogs, companion animals and rodents). Students will be allowed 5 – 10 minutes (depending on species) to perform animal handling and restraint skills taught in the first and, where applicable, the second practical.
Theory Exam (30%): The final theory exam will test the theory aspects of the course. This will take the form of a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions. This exam will examine all components of the course.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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