|Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Agriculture and Environmental Science|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||17 May 2022|
Examiner: Jazmine Skinner
An understanding of animal health, welfare and behaviour is critical to maintaining efficiencies in agricultural systems. Knowledge of livestock welfare, sources of animal stress and disease causes, and controls affect farm productivity, product quality and farm safety. Societal expectations of animal treatment are now impacting directly on agricultural market access. The welfare of both native and feral animals is vital to controlling disease in production landscapes as well as ensuring their continued sustainability.
This course examines key aspects of livestock health, welfare & behaviour in light of their impacts on productivity, product quality, farm safety and animal ethics. Historical and current approaches to animal welfare are evaluated. The impacts of farming environments on animal stress are considered. The diagnosis and control of diseases in livestock and wild animals are explored in detail.
This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students.
Course learning outcomes
On completion of this course students should be able to:
- compare and evaluate historical & current approaches to animal welfare;
- assess the impact of agricultural environments on animal stress;
- discuss the principles of disease identification & control in production animals;
- evaluate the impact of wildlife and feral animal welfare on agricultural systems;
|1.||Animal welfare: historical & current concepts||25.00|
|2.||Animal stress behaviour||25.00|
|3.||Production animal diseases||30.00|
|4.||Welfare in wildlife & feral animals||20.00|
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Student workload expectations
To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.
|Weighting (%)||Course learning outcomes|
|Time limited online examinatn||No||40||1,2,3,4|