Poultry Industry Field Work

Subject 250-500 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health
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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Trevor John Bagust


Postgraduate Coordinator

Faculty of Veterinary Science

University of Melbourne

Victoria 3010 Australia

+61 3 8344 0357

Subject Overview:

This 16-week subject aims to consolidate your understanding of poultry husbandry and management. All aspects of production are looked at from production on breeder, meat and egg farms to hatchery management, incubation of fertile eggs, water quality issues, poultry nutrition, avian genetics and production in hot climates.

This subject involves a combination of reading articles, spreadsheet exercises and online quizzes. If you are not already working in a production setting, you will be recommended to spend some time on a farm or hatchery to build your understanding of the processes and procedures being studied.


This subject is designed to give candidates a sound understanding of the husbandry and management processes (particularly in housing environments, nutrition and breeding) which are undertaken for production of avian species in modern intensive poultry industries, and to commence developing their insight into how production decisions can interact closely with health status.


Final Examination (100%)

The final examination is held in week 16 and is a three-hour written and online exam. You will be required to identify a University near you where you can be supervised

when sitting the exam.

Monthly assessment tests will also be given.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.avianhealthonline.vet.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health

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