CASE STUDIES IN ANIMAL SCIENCE

AGR3CSA

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will participate in a series of animal science case studies where they will work in teams and act as advisers to clients/industry/research representatives on how best to manage their animal or agricultural business. You will access and evaluate relevant information from local and global case studies and research, and develop their recommendations for the client in the case study, for a series of problems areas.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR3AH and AGR2AN

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects AGR3CS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically analyse complex animal production issues affecting sustainability and profitability.

Activities:
Case study discussion sessions occur in every workshop. Using subject material received in readings and from industry experts, students will, in small teams, analyse case study scenarios and provide recommendations to hypothetical clients to overcome the problem.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Synthesise information from multiple sources to address animal and plant problems in managed production systems

Activities:
Students will be given guidelines and directions for assessing information on-line from texts and published scientific sources. In addition, there will be guest lecturers on the different issues that arise and impact on the production system involved in the current scenario. During the case study discussion sessions students work in their groups to discuss the problem and possible solutions. On-line and session preparation practice quizzes (not assessed) will be available to self-evaluate discipline knowledge of the issues involved.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Work in teams to propose solutions drawing on relevant local and global case studies and research.

Activities:
Students will self-select into groups and then be given instruction on group/team dynamics. Students will work in teams to analyse three animal production related scenarios and complete a worksheet for each of the three case study modules. Their ability to work as a team will be indicated by their performance in their written worksheets, which are a group assessment and include a peer-rated assessment of their contribution to group work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Write consultant reports and manual that recommend appropriate management strategies based on analysis of animal production problems and risks.

Activities:
At the beginning of each of the three case study modules, students will be presented with a scenario/problem confronting a farmer(s)/client(s). Instructions will be given on formatting and professional standards for consulting, and each student will submit an individually written report at the conclusion of each case study module on the scenario/problem outlining recommendations for the client to improve their operations and reduce the risk of disease entry to their property.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Problem-solving sessions"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Worksheets x 3 (equiv. to 250 words each)Students discuss the case study scenarios in groups and then complete a worksheet as a group for each of the three case study modules15 01, 02, 03
Beef and sheep consultant's report (equiv. to 900 words)The students will prepare this report individually at the end of the beef and sheep case study module20 01, 02, 04
Dairy consultants report (equiv. to 900 words)The students will prepare this report individually at the end of the dairy case study module.20 01, 02, 04
Farm biosecurity manual (equiv. to 1950 words)The students will prepare this manual individually at the end of the animal biosecurity study module.45 01, 02, 04