Constraints to Animal Production - 2017

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: Invigilated Exam (45%) , Practical 1 - Practical Seminar (5%) - 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 covers ruminant and monogastric animals and is designed for both 'generalist' and 'animal science' oriented students. The major constraints to increased animal production posed by environment (nutrition, climate, health and welfare) are considered in an integrated way, ie emphasis is placed on the interactions between factors such as nutrition, climate and disease and includes contemporary social imperatives such as waste management. A purpose-written book is provided. The unit provides sufficient basic scientific information about the major factors that limit animal production to enable students to analyse and advise on animal production problems in widely different practical situations.

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

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the environmental constraints to livestock production and advanced understanding of the interactions between these constraints;
  2. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate depth in understanding of scientific principles underpinning practise in the field of animal production;
  3. review, analyse critically, evaluate and consolidate knowledge to advise on animal production problems in widely different practical situations; and
  4. exercise critical thinking and judgement in planning and presenting a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Practical 1 — Practical Seminar (5%)
  • Quiz — Unit Quiz (15%)
  • Quizzes — 3 x quizzes (15%)
  • Report (20%)
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

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