AGRI12001 - Livestock Health and Welfare
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 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

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • Rockhampton

Website

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment  
2 - Presentation    
3 - Practical and Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJessica Roberts (j.j.roberts@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Animal health: introduction; disease; host defences; immunology

Week 2 13-03-2017

Animal health: host defences; immunology continued

Week 3 20-03-2017

Animal health: bacteria and viruses; internal and external parasites

Week 4 27-03-2017

Animal health: vaccination

Week 5 03-04-2017

Animal health: nutritional immunology

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Animal health: applied animal diseases, including exotic and zoonotic diseases

Week 7 24-04-2017

Animal welfare: animal welfare and ethics

Week 8 01-05-2017

Animal welfare: animal physiology and behavioural responses to their environment

Week 9 08-05-2017

Animal welfare: the concept of animal welfare and its assessment

Field trip for BDG and ROK students.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Animal welfare: animal welfare science in animal production

Field trip for EMD students.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Animal welfare: the human-animal interaction

Week 12 29-05-2017

Animal welfare: addressing animal welfare issues

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Practical and Written Assessment Due Wednesday (07 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

PART A:

Weighting: 40%

In this assessment you will develop an audit, take part in a field trip to complete the audit and then prepare a best practice animal health and welfare plan.

For the audit component you may use the following headings as a guide:

1. Animal based outcome measures

2. Acceptable housing conditions

3. Design standards

4. Record keeping

Students will be given details of the property prior to the field trip and asked to prepare questions for the producer to gain as much knowledge as they can about the farm and the way it considers animal health and welfare. Students will prepare a written report detailing:

- a summary of the property inspected,

- their health and welfare plan for that property

- provide a reflection on how accurate their initial audits were and revisions that would be made following the property inspection, and

- make innovative suggestions on how improvements could be made the property’s approach to health and welfare.


Word limit: 2000-2500 words

PART B

Weighting 10%

During class time in week 12, after the report is submitted, students will be required to contribute to a class discussion reflecting and comparing the audits and animal health and welfare plans.

Assessment Due Date PART A: BDG and ROK campus: 21/05/17, 5PM AEST; EMD campus: 28/05/2015, 5PM AEST. PART B in class week 12.
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 days of submission.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Part A. In your report you will be assessed on:

- Quality of your writing

- How well you address the 4 main components listed above

- Use of references

A detailed rubric will be available on Moodle.

Part B. In the discussion you will be assessed on:

- Contribution of ideas to the discussion

- Participation

- Appropriate and professional interaction with peers

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Part A due online; Part B due in class

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the health and welfare of livestock.

2. Develop and implement health and welfare strategies for livestock within an enterprise.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

Weighting: 20% (15% of the grade will come from the marker, a further 5% will come from peer marking as an average)

In this assessment you will work in groups of 3 or 4 to create an instructional video during practical session in week 2 on how to assess the health and welfare of an individual animal and its environment. The video should succinctly explain the entire process to an educated but not-scientific audience, including the relationship between the animal’s anatomy and health. The video will be peer reviewed according to assessment criteria provided in Moodle.

All students are required to provide a peer mark and constructive feedback for all presentations (except their own).

The video should be between 9-11 minutes in length. Marks will be deducted for presentations outside this timeframe.


Assessment Due Date In class week 4
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 days of submission.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

In your presentation you will be assessed on:

- Quality of the presentation

- Completeness of the individual animal assessment

- Use of technology to assist the presentation

- The contribution of all group members

A detailed rubric will be available on Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy
Group submission

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Develop and monitor a best practice treatment plan.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

You will be asked to review a current animal husbandry practice in a particular livestock industry over a series of 3 weeks. Class time will be given for discussion and preparation of a report relating to the husbandry practice. Three perspectives on this practice are required to be addressed to complete this report. The weekly activities for assessment preparation are:

1. In the first week (week 9) you will discuss and prepare a 1 page document detailing the current state of the chosen animal husbandry practice from a producer's perspective. You will investigate the animal welfare challenges, issues and accomplishments of the industry at state, national and global level.

2. In the second week (week 10) you will discuss and prepare a 1 page document detailing the current state of the chosen animal husbandry practice from an animal advocacy perspective. You will investigate the animal welfare challenges, issues and accomplishments of the industry at state, national and global level.

3. In the third week (week 11) you will discuss and prepare a 1 page document exploring current media and consumer/public opinion relating to animal welfare of the chosen practice. Students will search public media, the internet, lay publications, etc. for articles and information. They will read and summarise the information and share with group members to contribute to the review of public opinion component of the group project.

The animal husbandry practice will be chosen at the start of week 9. Issues will be discussed during the tutorials in weeks 9, 10 and 11. Some class time will be allocated for researching and completing weekly assignments. The complied weekly documents, an introduction, conclusion and a personal reflection of the practice is to be submitted as a report in week 12. The report should aim to be between 1500-2000 words.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 days of submission.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

In your report you will be assessed on:

- Quality of your writing

- The thoroughness of your investigation into the topic

- Use of references

A detailed rubric will be available on Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Critique the animal welfare codes of practice and legislation for inclusion in a production plan and enterprise procedure.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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