AGRI11003 - Livestock Production Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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. 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 Procedures 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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The students indicated poor feedback on assessments. Additionally, the written task was very large. Students Assessments should be scheduled for submission throughout the term, rather than close together. Clear due dates and rubric marks are needed. Staff to consider more manageable written assessment as the task this term was very large and required a lot of time to complete.
Students and CQU staff indicated some confusion around timetabling and class scheduling. CQU staff and students Improve timetable structure. Avoid changing session times unless due to unavoidable circumstances. Clearer communication of any timetable changes and notification in advance.
The students indicated that the assessments were poorly explained. CQU staff and students Improved set-up of quizzes and more information provided for students relating to written answers in future. Improve communication between campuses, through weekly meetings. Staff to utilise Moodle training opportunities. Staff to provide exemplars for written tasks for students.
The students indicated that better communication and organisation is needed across the three campuses. Students Improve the planning of activities, including communication of details between staff and to students.
The CQU staff indicated the need for assessment scaffolding and the need for better coordination. CQU staff QATC staff to take on full delivery of practicals in all locations. CQU staff need to have more input into lecture materials.
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  
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 - Portfolio  
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Beef Cattle: Production and Trade
Author/s: David Cottle and Lewis Kahn Year: 2014
Edition: 1 Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
City: Collingwood State: VIC
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: This textbook will be used in other livestock related Units throughout the Bachelor of Agriculture course.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Google Earth Pro
  • R
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

Introduction to the unit, agricultural systems theory and the connectivity of aspects in an agroecosystem

Cottle and Khan Chapter 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Animal physiology


Week 3 20-03-2017

Production animal nutrition


Assessment 1 Part A - QUIZ due Friday 24th March 8PM AEST

Week 4 27-03-2017

Animal reproduction and livestock breeding


Week 5 03-04-2017

Introduction to management of livestock production enterprises

Cottle and Khan Chapter 20

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

Farm biosecurity

Cottle and Khan Chapter 13

Week 7 24-04-2017

Whole systems, natural resource assessment and management

Week 8 01-05-2017 Forecasting uncertain futures, including climate change and sustainability

Cottle and Khan Chapter 19

Assessment 2 Part A Production Plan Poster Due Friday 5th May 8PM AEST

Week 9 08-05-2017

Livestock products and markets

Cottle and Khan Chapter 3

Assessment 1 Part B Quiz Due Friday 12th May 8PM AEST

Week 10 15-05-2017

Quality of livestock products

Cottle and Khan Chapter 2

Week 11 22-05-2017 Natural resource management and farm planning

Week 12 29-05-2017

Natural resource management and farm planning


Assessment 2 Part B Natural Resources Management plan Due Friday 2nd June 5PM AEST

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

The portfolio is made up of a series of tasks related to the different activities of this Unit (e.g. lectures, field trips, pracs, tutorials).

PART A - QUIZ

Weighting: 25%

Due date: Friday 24th March, week 3, 8PM AEST.

Task: Assessment of content delivered during lectures, field trips, pracs and tutorials from week 1 through to week 3. Topics include: Theory of Systems, Animal Physiology, and Animal Nutrition.

PART B - QUIZ

Weighting: 25%

Due date: Friday 12th May, week 9, 8PM, AEST.

Task: Assessment of content delivered during lectures, field trips, pracs and tutorials from week 5 through to week 9. Topics include Natural Resources Management, Budgeting, Legislation, and Ethics.

PART C - Practical activities

Weighting: 20% in total

Due date: At the conclusion of each Prac and Field Trip

Task: During each practical session and field trip, you will be required to complete a short report or presentation. Reports will be no more than 300 words. Specific details of each task will be available on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date PART A due Friday 24th March, Week 3, 8PM; PART B due Friday 12th May, Week 9, 8PM; PART C due weekly when prac's and field trips are scheduled
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 working days of submission.
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

PART A and Part B will be marked based on correct responses to quiz questions.

PART C: Marking will be based on participation and completion of practical tasks assigned. Detailed criteria will be available on the Moodle page.

Attendance and participation at all practical sessions is compulsory.

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

In class or Moodle

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

1. Determine management options and production targets for a livestock enterprise.

3. Develop a whole of farm livestock management and risk mitigation plan.

4. Critique the ethics and legal requirements of livestock management systems.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Farm Plan
Task Description

The assessment has two components:

PART A - Livestock production plan poster

Weighting: 10% of the grade for this unit

Due: Friday week 8, 8PM AEST

This assessment consists of a poster presentation including the following:

1. Three key business objectives

2. Calendar of animal husbandry activities:

a) include health and biosecurity activities

b) include production activities

3. Feed plan

4. Production targets of cattle and feed

PART B - Natural resource management plan report

Weighting: 20% of the grade for this unit

Due: Friday week 12, 5PM AEST

This assessment will consist of a written Natural Resources Management plan and information related with:

1. business objective and goal

2. SWOT analysis

3. assessment of natural resources (including flora and fauna)

4. a plan for reviewing and assessing the success of the natural resources management plan

The information provided in the plan must be supported by use of references. The natural resources management plan will be in the format of report (1200-1500 words) and include an introduction, aims, main body of the plan, conclusions and references.


Further details of this assessment task will be available on the Moodle site and specific activities associated with the Whole Farm Plan development will occur in face-to-face delivery sessions throughout the term.


Assessment Due Date PART A due Friday 5th May Week 8, 8PM AEST; PART B Due Friday 2nd June, Week 12, 5PM AEST
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 working days of submission.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessments will be marked according to:

- Addressing the topic

- Sound research and referencing

- Completion of the task

Detailed marking rubrics will be available on the Moodle page.

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

Moodle

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

2. Select, test and implement appropriate livestock innovations into farm activities.

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

8. Ethical practice




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