AGRI12001 - Animal Health and Welfare

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an holistic approach to evaluating and maintaining animal health and well-being in a variety of settings, with a particular focus on livestock industries. You will learn about the key concepts of animal welfare and their applications, as well as the cause, impact, treatment and prevention of animal diseases, including selected exotic and zoonotic diseases. You will develop practical and technical skills that can be used to address animal health and welfare challenges. You will explore some of the regulations regarding animal health and welfare and develop strategies for implementing these in a variety of settings, especially livestock supply chains. You will learn about the importance of animal health and welfare to the economic and social outputs of animal-based industries both in Australia and overseas.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
3. 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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.83% 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: In Class (Residential School)
Some students attended the residential school without the requisite basic knowledge expected. This had the impact of delaying progress and activities in the residential school.
The residential school practical assessment should include an initial quiz-like assessment to ensure that students adequately prepare and review learning material prior to attending the residential school
Action Taken
The pre-residential school quiz was implemented. Students who performed well on this assessment task were generally better prepared to attend the residential school and had the requisite knowledge to engage in learning effectively.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Improvement in assessment feedback time.
Student feedback time should be improved and/or reasons for delays more readily communicated to students.
Action Taken
Assessment feedback time was improved this term. Student unit evaluations reflected a higher degree of satisfaction with assessment feedback.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation and Assessment
Continue with diversified residential school approach.
Students found that the diverse elements of the residential school were both engaging and informative. This should continue with updated material to ensure that practical activities remain relevant to current animal health and welfare issues.
Action Taken
The residential school continued to include a range of engaging and diverse activities.
Source: Class feedback and unit coordinator observation
Student feedback in the residential school indicated that this activity was a highlight. The residential school acted as a catalyst for engagement in the unit.
The practical activities of the residential school seemed to act as a catalyst for student engagement, while this is likely typical of most units, particularly in the Bachelor of Agriculture, it highlights the role of "hands on" activities. The unit coordinator should explore options to introduce such activities earlier in the term, including through the use of materials sent to students.
Action Taken
Source: Student unit evaluation feedback and unit coordinator observation
Case-based activities in tutorials and the residential school were effective strategies for achieving unit learning outcomes.
The various problem- or case-based scenarios in tutorials and the residential school were useful strategies for conveying and achieving the unit learning outcomes. In particular students were able to identify and treat and animal health issues in the residential school. Where possible, this should be implemented again in future iterations of AGRI12001.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the health and welfare of animals
  2. Develop and implement animal health and welfare strategies
  3. Critique animal welfare codes of practice and legislation
  4. Discuss the link between animal health and livestock production economics.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - 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
7 - Cross Cultural 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 10
1 - Presentation
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment