University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

Course code/s: SBAVW

Course details
Location Albury-Wodonga
Course code SBAVW
Course coordinator Dr Bert De Groef
Course advisor Dr Ewen Silvester
Available to international students No
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes Only the first year of this degree is offered on the Albury-Wodonga Campus. Students transfer to the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus to complete the remainder of the degree.

Course description

The course is designed to attract students who wish to focus on animal issues, including health and welfare, ecology and behaviour, genetics and biotechnology in a professional degree course. The degree will produce graduates who can obtain employment in animal research, agricultural industries, animal care and welfare, biotechnology industries and the animal health industry. In addition, an animal science degree should allow a student with suitable grades to be eligible for entry into a veterinary science degree.

Please note: Veterinary Medicine at The University of Melbourne has changed to a four-year postgraduate option from 2011. Entry into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine will require completion of a 3-year biological science degree with at least one semester of study in both cellular/general biology and biochemistry.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.  La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.  Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Write / Create academic and scientific written reports that are grammatically correct in order to communicate to peers, and/or scientific and non-scientific communities.
Debate, discuss and defend scientific issues and ideas with peers and scientists.
Analyse and evaluate numerical data and evidence from experiments, scientific reports and journals in order to make recommendations to peers, scientific and/or nonā€scientific audience.
Formulate purposeful and clear questions in order to explore scientific ideas, seek evidence and information, and to generate new scientific knowledge and solutions.
Develop rational and rigorous arguments to interrogate assumptions, synthesise scientific information, formulate hypothesis, draw unbiased conclusions and defend scientific ideas.
Analyse using a systematic approach to reasoning and conceptualising scientific ideas to solve constructed and real world scientific and technical problems.
Demonstrate effective teamwork through collaborations, negotiations, conflict resolutions, self-assessment and communication skills in order to complete professional projects and tasks.
Demonstrate a coherent grasp of the legal, ethical, and political values that shape the work of a scientist.
Apply detailed knowledge and understanding of animal science to identify, analyse and solve problems involving health, welfare and management of domesticated and captive wild animals.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online)* LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Foundations CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Animal and Agricultural Sciences AGR1AAS 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal, Plant and Microbial Life BIO1APM 15
TE-SEM-2 Applications of Chemistry CHE1APL 15
TE-SEM-2 Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity BIO1EEB 15
TE-SEM-1/TE-SEM-2 Two first-year level electives. STA1CTS and AGR1WIL are recommended.   30

Key: * LTU0AIM (formerly SCI1AIM) is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester.  The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.

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