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AGRI11003 - Livestock Production

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn the fundamentals of livestock production by gaining exposure to a range of extensive and intensive livestock production systems. You will learn about livestock anatomy, nutrition, health, welfare, management and markets, and enhance your knowledge on current issues, innovations and new and emerging opportunities for precision livestock management. As a foundation unit, the learning outcomes will provide you with the necessary knowledge for future units in the Bachelor of Agriculture.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
2. Peer assessment 5%
3. Portfolio 30%
4. Examination 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.83% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Practicals and field trips were poorly organised, and resources often not available when managed by QATC.
Recommendation
This unit relied on practical support by QATC, which resulted in inconsistent practical and field trip opportunities depending on the campus, even though weekly meetings were held for all first year Ag units. No CQU technical or practical support in EMD also made the organisation of practicals difficult. This unit has since been updated for 2020 with the introduction of residential schools, rather than weekly practicals and field trips. This will ensure all students have a consistent experience, access to resources and are highly organised due to the availability of technical support at ROK and BDG campuses, where residential schools will be held.
Action Taken
Residential schools were successfully introduced in 2020 and ensured all students had a equitable experience and access to the same resources. Additionally, take home practicals were posted to each student to provide additional hands-on activities.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Practicals and field trips related well to lecture material and were an invaluable learning experience.
Recommendation
Continue to ensure practicals and field trips during future residential schools are relevant to lecture material and engaging. Maintain industry connections to ensure these sites can be used annually.
Action Taken
The residential school included a variety of hands-on activities and facilitation by CQU researchers raised student awareness of the issues facing the Australian livestock sector.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
More time needed to be spent on basic chemistry and biology principles.
Recommendation
The first year of the Bachelor of Agriculture has undergone rejuvenation, with the introduction of a first year biology unit, and an Introduction to Agriculture unit from 2020 to cover basic concepts required for other units. This will provide more time to cover basic chemistry and biology principles.
Action Taken
Students had more exposure to basic chemistry and biology principles in Term 1, prior to undertaking this unit.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Take-home practical's provided additional practical experience and facilitated learning with the theory components throughout the term.
Recommendation
Continue to provide take home practicals where feasible, ensuring that they are relevant to the theory component.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The take home practicals and residential school related well to lecture material and supported learning remotely.
Recommendation
Continue to ensure practicals and the residential school are relevant to lecture material and engaging. Maintain industry connections where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Determine management options and production targets for a livestock enterprise
  2. Select, test and implement appropriate livestock innovations into farm activities
  3. Develop a livestock management and risk mitigation plan
  4. Critique and apply the ethics and legal requirements of livestock management systems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Peer assessment
3 - Portfolio
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
4 - Examination
2 - Peer assessment