Animal Production Systems and Products - 2016

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 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (15%) , Invigilated Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,017.00
International 3,267.00

This unit examines production systems for sheep, beef and dairy cattle, pigs, poultry and emerging animal industries covering elementary aspects of reproduction, lactation, growth and development. As well the unit will examine in some detail the nature and assessment of animal products and their quality, including factors influencing carcass composition and meat quality and wool growth and quality. Students should note that this unit may require animal experimentation and/or dissection during some mandatory practical classes.

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

  1. demonstrate a technical and theoretical knowledge of the subject by recognising the characteristics of the various products of the livestock industries (including meat, milk, fibre, eggs and draught power) particularly as they relate to consumer demand for the product;
  2. identify the range of production systems that have developed to support animal production in various environments, and the physical and biological constraints to such systems thereby demonstrating the ability to analyse information, work autonomously and use judgement;
  3. demonstrate a technical and theoretical knowledge of the nature, structure and size of the major Australian livestock industries, and their relation to world markets; and
  4. analyse information, interpret and transmit solutions to complex problems by identifying alternative animal industries and the opportunities that they present and the constraints that they face.
  • Assignment 1 (15%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Non-Invigilated Mid Term Exam (20%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Report (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Fibre production
2Sheep production
3Meat production
4Beef production
5Poultry production
6Pig production
7Dairy production
8Alternative animal industries

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This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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