AGRI12001 - Livestock Health and Welfare

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an holistic approach to evaluating and maintaining livestock health and well-being. You will learn about the key concepts of livestock welfare and their applications, and the cause, impact, treatment and prevention of livestock diseases, including selected exotic and zoonotic diseases.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

AGRI11003 Livestock Production Management

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 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 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. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
2. Presentation 20%
3. Practical 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

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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: Unit Coordinator & Students
Feedback
Field trip should be conducted earlier in the term
Recommendation
The field trip directly relates to Assessment 3 Part A & Part B. Allowing students to complete Part A (during the field trip) and thus being able to commence Part B earlier in the term will mean that students can contextualize their learning earlier in the term and develop ideas for their Assessment 3 Part B.
Action Taken
As this assessment was not recycled in this term this recommendation was not applicable.
Source: Unit Coordinator & Students
Feedback
The Lecture > Practical > Tutorial sequence seems to work well
Recommendation
Maintain the flow of Lecture followed by Practical followed by Tutorial. Where the lecture introduces the concept/organ system, the practical explores relevant specimens and the tutorial covers answers to practical book questions and a case study
Action Taken
This order was not kept for 2019 despite efforts to arrange it. The practical preceded the lecture and tutorial which meant students did not have an opportunity to engage with the relevant content before the practical. While forgoing the week one practical would have allowed for this sequence to continue in 2019, the limited availability of practical sessions throughout term would not accommodate for this. Students were given some pre-reading before the practical and the practical booklets were written with very little assumed knowledge. While most students seemed to cope with this some did struggle.
Source: Unit Coordinator & Students
Feedback
Return assessment feedback sooner
Recommendation
Assessment feedback should be returned sooner. Detailed feedback on correcting punctuation, grammar, sentence structure etc is inefficient and can be better achieved by addressing the whole class in lectures or by a general email.
Action Taken
This was achieved however some students requested more feedback in the feedback document.
Source: Unit Coordinator, Students & Guests
Feedback
More research-led lecturers
Recommendation
More research-led lectures, particularly with regards to innovation for livestock welfare, should be included. This should be arranged prior to the beginning of term. However, some of the invited guest lecturers canceled, often only days in advance. This dampens student enthusiasm. The unit coordinator should explore ways to ensure greater levels of commitment from guest lecturers.
Action Taken
A number of research-focused staff delivered lectures/tutorials for AGRI12001 which the students found very engaging and informative.
Source: Moodle feedback In class feedback
Feedback
Dissections in practicals
Recommendation
Practicals should include more dissections. Previously a concern with this was the ability to manage dissections in three locations, however, the unit coordinator should liaise with the practical tutors and technical staff in other locations to establish a video link that would ensure that all students are conducting the dissection concurrently.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback In class feedback
Feedback
Order of classes
Recommendation
Practicals for a particular topic should only be conducted after at least the lecture on that same topic. The sequence of learning activities should follow a pattern of: Lecture > Tutorial > Practical or Lecture > Practical > Tutorial. Conducting the practical after the lecture ensures that all students have the requisite knowledge to participate in the practical.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the health and welfare of livestock.
  2. Develop and implement health and welfare strategies for livestock within an enterprise.
  3. Critique the animal welfare codes of practice and legislation for inclusion in a production plan and enterprise procedure.
  4. Develop and monitor a best practice treatment plan.

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