Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an overview of anatomy and biological processes that underpin growth, production and reproduction in the major agricultural animal species. Knowledge of animal physiology will be used to help students develop an understanding of a number of techniques used to enhance production and breeding stock. Applied animal genetics, environmental factors and animal welfare issues will also be introduced in an integrated approach and their impact on animal performance and production explored. Students will also investigate nutrition in ruminant and monogastric animals and the physiological processes necessary for production of meat, wool and milk. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour theory to improve animal performance, handling and safety during a range of practical workshops.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This elective will only run subject to sufficient enrolments


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFunctional anatomy and physiology of domestic animalsPrescribedReece, WO 20094TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, AMES IA
ReadingsAnatomy and physiology of domestic animalsRecommendedAkers, R & Denbow, D 2008BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, IOWA, USA
ReadingsAnatomy and physiology of farm animalsRecommendedFrandson, R, Wilke, W 7 Fails, A 20097TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, BALTIMORE, MD
ReadingsAnimal nutritionRecommendedMcDonald, P, Edwards, R, Greenhalgh, J & Morgan, C 20117TH EDN PEARSON EDUCATION, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ.
ReadingsHumane livestock handling - understanding livestock behaviour and building facilities for healthier animalsRecommendedGrandin, T, Deesing, M 2008STOREY PUBLISHING, USA
ReadingsSaunders comprehensive veterinary dictionaryRecommendedStuddert, V, Blood, D & Gay, C 20124TH EDN, SAUNDERS, EDINBURGH
ReadingsSpurgeon's color atlas of large animal anatomy the essentialsRecommendedMcCracken, O, Kainer, R & Spurgeon, T 2006BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, IOWA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain the functional anatomy and physiology of selected production animal species

Workshop sessions and practical exercises will be used to explore animal systems and organs. Students will handle and examine body parts in the laboratory.

02. Analyse production animal health, welfare, behaviour and environmental issues from a physiological perspective

Workshop sessions and the farm will be used to demonstrate animal health, welfare, behaviour and environmental issues. The animals' physiology will be discussed and demonstrated in workshops and practical sessions where applicable.

03. Explain how ruminant and monogastric animals obtain and utilise nutrients for production

Workshops will be used to explore the differences between monogastric and ruminants. Group discussion on the management differences will occur in workshops.

04. Explain physiological processes involved in production of muscle, fibre and milk for human consumption

Workshop sessions, demonstrations, case study analysis and practical exercises will be used to explore physiological processes.

05. Explain the physiological principles of reproduction and its management in selected production animal species

Workshop sessions, case study analysis and group discussion will be used to explore the physiological principles of reproduction. Discussion and demonstrations of modern techniques and procedures such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer used in reproduction will be done in workshops and field trips.

06. Use specialist terminology appropriately and present ideas in a format suitable for a professional audience

Report writing, quizzes and group discussions using scientific and accurate language will be used in workshops and tutorials.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Week 08-23, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 08 - 21
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 08 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 08 - 21
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 08 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case Study (1500 words)40 02, 06
Oral presentation on an aspect of production animal anatomy & physiology (10 mins, 1000 words equiv)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Test (2 x 30 minutes, 900 words each)30 01, 03, 04, 05