Advanced Topics in Animal Science

Subject 208-304 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 208-202 Animal Physiology
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
Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be aware of the motivation for, and implications of, current animal research areas and the use of new technologies to improve or modify animal performance;

  • have an advanced understanding of the molecular, physiological, metabolic and endocrine factors involved; and

  • be aware of any social, economic or ethical considerations associated with the application of new technologies to improving or modifying animal performance.

This subject presents to students a range of topics covering new and innovative research related to the improvement in or modification of animal performance and product yield, composition and quality. Emphasis will be placed on keeping students abreast of new and emerging areas of animal science and biotechnology related to growth and development, red and white meat production, fibre production, lactation and milk production and reproduction. Lecture material will be supplemented with independent, self-paced learning through projects and assignments in specific areas of animal science chosen by the students.

Assessment: Three-hour examination (50%), one assignment equivalent to 3500 words (25%), one assignment equivalent to 2000 words (15%) and a seminar (10%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available


This subject involves the use of animals. Students should be aware this is an essential part of the subject and exemption from this component is not possible.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Animal Science and Management

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