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AGRI11003 - Livestock Production Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the fundamentals of a livestock production system, and is built on the VET 'Manage livestock production' unit. You will be provided with an overview of the full range of livestock production systems, with a beef focus. You will learn about animal nutrition, health and welfare, fertility and new and emerging opportunities for precision livestock management. As a foundation unit, the learning outcomes will provide you with the necessary foundation for future units in the course.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 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. Portfolio 70%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%

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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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: Self reflection
Feedback
Take steps to improve response rate
Recommendation
The response rate in this unit was less than 50%. Students will be engaged more during lectures/tutorials right from the start of term and the importance of completing the evaluations emphasized. Reminder emails will be sent before and just after the evaluations are open.
Action Taken
Unit evaluations were discussed during the first lecture, with students made aware of how to submit feedback and the importance of it. Students were reminded throughout term, whenever any student got in contact with a suggestion and again when unit evaluations opened. As a result, the response rate was 50 %, compared to 13.64 % in 2018. Regardless, steps to improve response rate will continue to be implemented.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Students at risk of failing the unit
Recommendation
More efforts should be made to monitor (using tools available in Moodle) and engage students who are are not engaging sufficiently with the unit, and therefore are at risk of not passing the unit. Appropriate strategies should be used to help them in their learning, including referring them to ALC for further help.
Action Taken
EASI connect was used throughout the term for students with low Moodle engagement and when assessments were not submitted. For MIX mode students who never were available to attend lectures live, email correspondence and phone meetings were used to keep these students on track. Additionally, Tieneke Trotter assisted in managing and monitoring these students. Moodle announcements were also used for all correspondence to ensure all students received answers to individual student enquiries. Furthermore, weekly first year meetings with all Ag UC's and technical staff ensured issues were dealt with promptly and at risk students identified.
Source: Students/Have Your Say
Feedback
Assessment Tasks need to be explained better
Recommendation
More exemplars will be given. More information on the expectations for each task will be provided. Other methods, for instance videos explaining each task in detail may be used.
Action Taken
Exemplars were not provided as assessments changed slightly since a new UC took over the unit in 2019. Detailed marking rubrics were available for all assessments, ensuring students were aware of how each assessment was marked. These detailed marking rubrics were also returned with feedback following all assessments. Furthermore, zoom pop in assessment help sessions were scheduled as an additional opportunity for students to receive assistance. Overall, student feedback was positive for all aspects around assessment return, feedback and requirements.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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 whole of farm livestock management and risk mitigation plan.
  4. Critique 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 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
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 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment