ANIM3306 Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Agricultural Science; Agricultural Science and Technology; Agribusiness and Agricultural Science; Agribusiness major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
This unit is based on a new approach to agriculture through the development of animal production systems that are clean, green and ethical (CGE). The objective is for students to learn the scientific principles that underpin (1) the reduction in the use of chemicals and artificial hormones (clean); (2) the reduction of the negative impact on the environment (green); and (3) the optimisation of animal welfare (ethical). The unit is taught within the current landscape of farming systems in Western Australia and global animal production systems.
Students are able to (1) understand the principles of clean, green and ethical animal production and its importance to agriculture in the twenty-first century; (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major constraints in the animal production industries; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the major problems associated with the production of wool, meat and dairy products; (4) appreciate the important role of ongoing research and expansion of knowledge in animal industries; (5) identify major constraints in supply chains and advance feasible solutions; and (6) apply communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a three-hour end-of-semester examination (50 per cent); (2) three laboratory reports (10 per cent each); and (3) a 10,000-word essay (20 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Roberta Bencini
Unit rules
any Level 2 ANIM unit or AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical class: 3 hours every 2 weeks
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