ANIML SC 1017RW - Animal Handling & Husbandry I (Vet Bio)

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

The course will provide students with a basic understanding of production animals, horses, companion 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: the role of animals in society, livestock agricultural systems; the equine industry; biology and husbandry of companion animals and lab animals; agricultural economics; and the effects of animal husbandry on 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, poultry, pigs and small animals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to B Sc (Veterinary Bioscience) students or with agreement from the Course Coordinator
    Course Description The course will provide students with a basic understanding of production animals, horses, companion 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: the role of animals in society, livestock agricultural systems; the equine industry; biology and husbandry of companion animals and lab animals; agricultural economics; and the effects of animal husbandry on 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, poultry, pigs and small animals.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Will van Wettere

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe the roles of animals in society
    2 Describe the biology of commonly domesticated animals
    3 Demonstrate knowledge of the common husbandry systems
    4 Describe the economic drivers of the industry and how veterinary/animal
    scientists play a part in this.
    5 Demonstrate basic animal handling skills
    6 Demonstrate 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Access 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 Modes
    2 hours of lecture block taught in one day
    1 tutorial for 1 hour per week
    1 practical of 4 hours per week
    Workload

    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 Summary
    Lectures 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
    Practical classes will involve instruction in basic handling skills in: Pigs, poultry, horses, cattle, sheep, dogs and laboratory animals.

    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 group project and get assistance from their tutors if needed.
    Specific Course Requirements
    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. 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.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage
    of total assessment for grading purposes

    Hurdle
    Yes
    or No or part of a combined hurdle
    Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment
    Tutorial Quizzes Formative 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4 Weeks 2 - 10
    Group Project – written report & oral presentation Summative 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Week 10
    Practical Exams Summative 30% YES 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Weeks 6 - 13
    Theory Exam 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% 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 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
    Assessment Detail
    1) 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 two species topics. These quizzes will form 20% of the final mark

    2. A group 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 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 10 – 15 minute organised debate at the end of semester. Feedback to the students will be provided by week 13.

    Exams:
    1. 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, mice & rats). Students will be allowed 5 – 10 minutes (depending on species) to perform animal handling and restraint skills taught in the first practical.

    2. 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.
    Submission
    If 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.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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