Introduction to Animal and Agricultural Sciences
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- Describe and explain basic concepts in animal and agricultural sciences and apply this knowledge to real-world problems in Australian or global agricultural/animal industries.
- Appraise issues associated with animal and/or agricultural production systems, including welfare issues, environmental issues, and food security.
- Effectively communicate scientific information in a written format to a variety of audiences.
- • Animal breeding and biotechnology.
- • Animal nutrition and growth.
- • Reproduction and lactation.
- • Sustainable cropping and grazing systems.
- • Sustainability, climate and environment.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed AGR1SYS (Agricultural Systems) or AGR1ANS (Animal Systems) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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In the first part of this subject you will be introduced to key concepts in animal science, including animal breeding, biotechnology, nutrition, growth, reproduction, lactation and animal welfare, and major global issues such as food security and environmental impacts of animal agriculture through flip teaching (weeks 1 - 7). You will then follow a more applied module (weeks 8-12) in which you will analyse agricultural issues like sustainability, climate and environment, and sustainable cropping and grazing systems.
- Five online theory quizzes (2,000-words equivalent). (50%)
- Online study exercises (400-words equivalent). (20%)
- Two practical/application quizzes (400-words equivalent). (12%)
- Three written assignments (1,200-words equivalent). (18%)
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