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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.43% 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 and via Assessment
Diversity of student knowledge on Livestock Health and Welfare at outset of the term.
There is a diversity of knowledge about livestock health and welfare among the AGRI12001 cohort which should be addressed and considered by the unit coordinator. This should be achieved through a baseline questionnaire at the commencement of term. This will allow the unit coordinator to identify and address any knowledge gaps that exist among the cohort.
Action Taken
This was addressed with an optional questionnaire that students completed at the outset of the unit. Gaps in knowledge; levels of interest; career aspirations and other information related to the unit were identified and addressed throughout the unit.
Source: Moodle "Have Your Say"
Improvement in student feedback return time and feedback depth.
Students requested more feedback in their returned assessment and a greater depth of feedback. While students received individualized feedback, they were notified that they could request more feedback from the unit coordinator if they wished to receive more in-depth feedback. This should be reiterated again in future iterations of this unit. The unit coordinator should strive to improve assessment feedback turn around times, however, students should be reminded that assessment return dates are 10 working days from the date of submission.
Action Taken
Students received timely and in-depth feedback on their assessment. Unit evaluation feedback reflects that respondents were satisfied with this level of feedback. Students were again reminded that they could seek additional feedback from the unit coordinator.
Source: Email and In-Class
Student access to journal articles and databases.
Some students stated that they were unable to access databases and journal articles relevant to AGRI12001 content (livestock health and welfare). They commented that feedback from library staff indicated that certain databases/journals are not available but could be made available upon request from the unit coordinator. Students should be reminded to contact the unit coordinator as soon as they are aware of databases or journals that are not available through the library or open access.
Action Taken
Students reported no challenges with accessing peer-reviewed journal articles in 2021. However, despite reference to academic journals through both pre-reading and assessments, some students did not engage well with the literature. This may need to be addressed by a refresher on academic literature at the outset of the term.
Source: Personal Communication and "Have Your Say"
Residential School
The residential school was well-received and should continue in the same format in 2022.
Action Taken
Source: Assessment
Academic Literature
Some students used limited references from academic journals, despite the use of journal articles as learning resources. A refresher in the use of academic literature for learning and assessment should be included at the outset of the term.
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