AGRI12005 - Sustainable Livestock Production
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

You will be introduced to emerging trends and practices in sustainable management and improvement of the major livestock industries in Australia. You will explore the major livestock industries, production cycles, roles of genetics, environment, nutrition, reproductive efficiency and health in sustainable management practices and profitability, new and emerging industries and issues affecting industry development.

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

Prerequisite

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 2 - 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. Presentation 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 60%

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. Analyse livestock production systems and identify strategies for improvement.
  2. Review global emerging trends in sustainable livestock production.
  3. Develop and evaluate an innovation implementation strategy.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Presentation    
2 - 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
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 - Presentation        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Beef Cattle: Production and Trade
Author/s: David Cottle and Lewis Kahn Year: 2014
Edition: Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

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 10-07-2017

Introduction to sustainable livestock production.


Week 2 17-07-2017

Overview of global livestock
production.

Cottle and Khan 2014, chapters 4-8.

Internal students - Field trip.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Australian Livestock
Industries - Extensive.

Cottle and Khan, chapters 9,10.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Australian livestock industries - Intensive.

Cottle and Khan, chapter 11.


Video Due Thursday (03 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Feeding management.

Internal students field trip, Wednesday.

External students COMPULSORY residential school, Wednesday and Thursday.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Grazing management.

Cottle and Khan, chapters 15-16.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Climate change and animal production.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Breeding management.

Cottle and Khan, Chapter 14.

Internal students field trip.

Sustainable decision making Due Thursday (07 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Innovations in animal production systems, part I.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Innovations in animal production systems, part II.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Niche products.

Internal students - field trip.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Indigenous pastoralism and society.

Implementation and use of Precision Livestock Management (PLM) technology report Due Thursday (05 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

CC11 and CU18 students can complete this unit in one of the following two ways:

  1. attend all on-campus sessions at either Rockhampton, Emerald or Bundaberg OR
  2. must participate in the residential school in week 5, Rockhampton, and view lecture and tutorial material via ISL.

CV85 students must to attend scheduled sessions through the campus they are enrolled in.

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Video
Task Description

You are required to work in groups of two to create a video reviewing global emerging trends in sustainable livestock production. In your video define and discuss emerging trends and comment on the pro's, con's and adoption globally.

The video should be 6 minutes (+/- 30 seconds).

The content covered should related to an economically important livestock production industry.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Thursday (03-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 working days after the due date.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on:

  • Clear introduction
  • The use of statistical and other information relevant to Australian and Global livestock production
  • Discussion of the information in the context of sustainable livestock production
  • Adherence to the time frame (5% deduction for outside the limit)
  • Overall presentation
  • References
  • Team work (peer assessed)

Further details and a marking rubric will be available on the Moodle page.

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

2. Review global emerging trends in sustainable livestock production.

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Sustainable decision making
Task Description

Based on a scenario relevant to sustainability issues of a livestock production system (provided by the unit coordinator) you will be required to prepare a report describing what decisions you will make for the future of your "enterprise".

Your decisions should be made from a sustainability perspective.You need to analyse the sustainability issues, explain what your decisions are and why you have made them. Decisions should be relevant and innovative.

Your report should be no more than 1,800 words. Further details on your scenarios will be available on the Moodle page.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Thursday (07-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 working days after the due date.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your analysis will be marked according to the following:

  • Content, including:
    • Introduction and conclusions
    • Critical analysis of the sustainability issues and decisions
    • Innovative and relevant strategies for improving sustainability
    • Addressing all aspects of the task
  • Use of references
  • Writing quality and structure
  • Presentation


Further details and a marking rubric will be available on the Moodle site.

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

One document to be submitted through Moodle in .doc or .docx format.

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

1. Analyse livestock production systems and identify strategies for improvement.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Implementation and use of Precision Livestock Management (PLM) technology report
Task Description

You are required to develop a plan for implementation and subsequent use of a Precision Livestock Management (PLM) technology. Your strategy should outline how the technology will likely impact on either the livestock producer, enterprise as a whole or how it monitors an important aspect of a particular livestock species. Include risks or potential challenges to the implementation.

You must choose a different production system to the one considered in Assessment 1.

Your report should be no more than 2,500 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Thursday (05-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 working days after the due date.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Your analysis will be marked according to the following:

  • Content, including:
    • Introduction and conclusions
    • Critical thinking
    • Innovation and relevant strategies for implementing a PLM technology
    • Addressing all aspects of the task
  • Use of references
  • Writing quality and structure
  • Presentation
Further information and a marking rubric will be available on the Moodle site.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

One document to be submitted through Moodle in .doc or .docx format.

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

3. Develop and evaluate an innovation implementation strategy.

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




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