Animal Function, Health and Welfare - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment (15%) , Invigilated Exam (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,243.00
International 3,493.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Rural Science.

This unit consists of four modules. The first, on animal welfare covers key concepts in animal welfare and their application. The second examines the application of knowledge of reproduction and lactation in a range of domestic animal systems. The third focuses on the cause, impact, treatment and prevention of animal diseases including exotic and zoonotic diseases. The fourth examines basic principles in toxicology and deals with the pharmacology and toxicology of the major chemical groups used in agriculture, and the major intoxications seen in animals. While the unit as a whole focuses on the application of these principles to livestock species, applications for non-domestic mammalian and avian systems will also be included.

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical knowledge of animal welfare, the practical aspects of reproduction in farm animals, the immunology, epidemiology and management of infectious diseases of farm animals and the general principles of toxicology as applied to farm animals;
  2. demonstrate, through research and written or verbal presentation a deep understanding of specific topics within the overall unit;
  3. use critical analysis to properly evaluate the importance of the different aspects of welfare, applied reproduction, immunology, infectious disease and toxicology; and
  4. demonstrate autonomy and judgement in written and oral assessment tasks.
  • Assignment (15%)
  • Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated Mid Term Exam (20%)
  • Quiz (20%)
  • Seminar (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Some on campus attendance — This unit includes an on-campus intensive at the Armidale campus of UNE

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Animal welfare
2Applied animal reproduction
3Animal health

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This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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