Human-Animal Interactions

Subject DASC20014 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Contact Hours: 2 lectures per week (24 hours), 1 tutorial per week (12 hours) & 1 practical per week (36 hours)
Total Time Commitment: 72 contact hours for a total of 120 hours
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Ian Bland


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview: The interactions between humans and animals will be examined using soundly-based principles and practices developed for the management and care of animals. The subject will emphasize the complex roles and responsibilities, and ethical requirements in human contact with animals, as well as develop skills in measuring behaviour. We will draw actual examples from species managed as companions, in zoos or in livestock production.
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should:
  • have experience in best practice in the handling, care and management of laboratory animals, domestic livestock and companion animals in various field and laboratory conditions by evaluating the biological and environmental requirements of individual species
  • be familiar with a range of routine procedures in animal management and best standard practices under animal welfare and ethics guidelines;
  • have experience in observation, measurement and sampling procedures applicable in routine care, survey studies and experimentation.
  • One 3-hour written examination (50% - end of semester).
  • One written assignment equivalent to 1500 words due week 4 (25%)
  • One written assignment equivalent to 1500 words due week 9 (25%
  • Prescribed Texts: None
    Breadth Options:

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

    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:

    On completion of the subject the students should have developed the following generic skills:

    • Academic excellence,
    • greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines of animal management in a range of species.
    • The student’s flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved time management and enhanced ability to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats.

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

    Related Breadth Track(s): Living with Animals

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