Farm Animal Biology

Subject 208-101 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours lectures, 36 hours of practicals
Total Time Commitment: Not available

650-141 Biology of Cells and Organisms

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Brian Leury and Dr Ian Bland
Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the basic anatomy of the major domestic and agricultural animal species and the principal functions of the major organs and tissues;

  • understand how and what products are harvested from farm animals and how manipulating animal form and function can alter animal production;

  • understand animal behaviour, factors modifying its expression and the influence of behaviour on animal production as well as the implications for animal welfare;

  • be able to analyse how the environment and genetics influence animal performance and the quality of products harvested; and

  • appreciate the importance of animal health in animal production systems and that disease usually has animal management as a component of its occurrence, prevention and treatment.


A 3-hour written examination at the end of semester (70%), practical work (20%) and tutorial work (10%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Recommended Texts:

  • Structure and Function of Domestic Animals (W Bruce Currie), CRC Press Inc., 1995
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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