ANIML SC 1017RW - Animal Handling & Husbandry I (Vet Bio)
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 1017RW Course Animal Handling & Husbandry I (Vet Bio) 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 Restrictions Available to B Sc (Veterinary Bioscience) students only Course Description The course will provide students with a basic understanding of production animals and horses and the respective industries in Australia and overseas. A general overview of agricultural production will also be covered. Themes to be studied include agricultural systems; the equine industry; ovine, bovine and equine physical examination; agricultural economics; livestock industries; alternative animal industries; animal production and welfare. There will be tutorials covering library and computer based information retrieval skills and specific animal handling topics. Practical exercises will include instruction on the handling of sheep, cattle, horses, and wildlife. In addition there will be instruction on the physical examination of these animals from the veterinary perspective.
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 to develop an understanding of the roles of animals in society 2 to gain knowledge regarding biology of commonly domesticated animals 3 to gain knowledge of common husbandry systems 4 to develop an understanding of the economic drivers of the industry and how veterinary/animal
scientists play a part in this.
5 to develop basic animal handling skills 6 to develop basic 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5, 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 4, 5
Recommended ResourcesAccess to a variety of monographs, journals and industry publications available on-line.
Access to animals through the Roseworthy Farm and Production Animal Health Centre Ambulatory Practice.
Access to various production facilities as available through the Production Animal Health Centre at Roseworthy Campus, including diagnostic & surgery services.
Visits to various farm enterprises.
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:
- Animals in Society
- 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 involve classes in the use of endnote, essay writing, finding, citing and referencing information (including use of databases), and oral presentation skills. Students will also have time to work
on their groups consultancy projects and get assistance from their 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 http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/forms/savs-allowed-leaveofabsence-tute-prac.pdf.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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 Type of assessment Percentage
of total assessment for grading purposes
or No or part of a combined hurdle
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment Tutorial Quizzes Formative 0% No Weeks 2 - 10 Literature Review Summative 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Week 6 Consultancy Project – written project & oral
Summative 20% No Week 10 Practical
Summative 30% YES 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Weeks 6 - 10 Theory
Summative 30% YES 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Exam week
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
does not meet hurdle requirement?
Details of additional assessment, if known Practical exam minimum of 50% 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 which will take place in week 13 or in the replacement exams times. Theory exam minimum of 50% YES Students that do not attain this minimum requirement will be offered an additional assessment.
Attendance 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. Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/forms/savs-allowed-leaveofabsence-tute-prac.pdf
Assignments will involve interpretation of questions, data retrieval and presentation in a written and/or spoken format. There are two assignments:
- A web of science literature review (1500 words; worth 20%) on a species and production system selected from provided list. This will be handed in during week 6. Feedback on this assignment will be provided by week 9.
- A consultancy project (worth 20%) on a topic chosen from list provided. This will require skills of data acquisition but will also require problem solving as they will act as expert consultant to a company. There may therefore be some degree of financial analysis required or knowledge of regulatory framework pertaining to the topic. The report must be concise yet informative. This is a group written project (total of 5000 words – individual student contribution will be a component of that total) and the outcomes will be presented by a 10-15 minute oral presentation at the end of semester. Feedback to the students will be provided by week 13.
Students will undertake quizzes within tutorial times based on pre-reading material for that week’s classes. The format of the tutorial quizzes will be the same as for the end of semester theory exam so that students become accustomed to the MCQ format.
- 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 two species each week in eight to nine species (which may include sheep, pigs, cattle, poultry, horses, alpacas, dogs & cats, mice & rats and fish. Students will be allowed 5 – 10 minutes (depending on species) to perform animal handling and restraint skills taught in the first practical
- The 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.
SubmissionAssessment items are due at the time and date specified. Students can apply for an extension at any time before the due date, but you should do so as soon as the need becomes apparent. Extensions
of deadlines may be allowed for reasonable causes, including compassionate and medical grounds. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. If the application is made within 2 days of the due date, or after the due date has expired, it will not be granted unless the course co-ordinator is satisfied that you were unable to make an earlier application and the
circumstances warrant an extension. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/.
Any assessment item submitted after the published due date and that has not been approved for an extension will not be marked.
The Web of Science literature review must be submitted via MyUni. Your tutor may also require a printed copy. To submit the review via MyUni, go to the home page for the course, click on the Assignments button, and look for the item with the name of the relevant review. Click on it, and you will be taken to a page through which you can post your review. Post your reviews in the "file to
attach" upload box. To ensure that the file does not get lost in the system (or in the tutor’s extensive document folders) the file must be named Tutorname Yourname Review.doc (eg Coleman Webster Review.doc). You must submit the electronic version by 11:59 pm on the due date (which will be the night before a tutorial session). If you are having difficulties submitting your review, please contact the MyUni Helpdesk: 8303 3335. All students must submit an electronic copy of their Web of Science literature review. If your tutor requires a printed copy as well, that will be due at the tutorial on the following day.
The Consultants’ Report (one copy only from each consultancy group) is to be submitted in bound paper form. The Records of Meetings are to be submitted in paper form, as an Appendix to the main report. Your talks on the consultancy projects will be given in week 11.
Any hard copies of assignments are to be handed in to the relevant course box in the Williams Building foyer. Each item must have a signed cover sheet attached; if the cover sheet is not attached or not signed, the item will not be marked.
Assessment activities will be returned to you within 3 weeks of the due date. Any assessment item not collected by students by the completion of the examination period for that semester will be
Provision of feedback to students: Your marked literature reviews will be returned to you as e-mail attachments or in printed form, depending on your tutor. Electronic returns will have been marked using the Track Changes facility in Word for Windows, and so you will see the assessor’s comments as coloured annotations written on your submitted review. There will also be a checklist indicating strengths and weaknesses.
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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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