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ANSC3100: Aquaculture and Poultry Production

Animal production industries play important roles in global food security and they are facing ongoing challenges due to increased demand for affordable high quality, environmentally-friendly dietary protein for humans. This unit of study will explore Aquaculture and Poultry Production, the two most efficient animal protein industries in terms of feed conversion efficiency and least greenhouse gas emission. The aquaculture module will introduce the husbandry of broodstock and larval and juvenile culture techniques of finfish, molluscs and crustaceans, the biological principles of aquaculture including aquatic animal physiology, species selection, hatchery breeding and rearing and grow-out practices and aquaculture farming systems. The poultry module will explore chicken-meat and egg production in Australia and overseas, poultry nutrition, feed technology, management of hatchery, breeder and broiler flocks, poultry meat processing. Both aquaculture and poultry modules will focus on animal health, welfare, disease and environmental impact and how these considerations determine current on-farm practice. By the end of this unit, you will be able to: evaluate the benefits of different production systems in aquaculture and poultry with consideration in animal welfare and sustainability; understand profits and pitfalls when managing production and provide potential solutions to on-farm problems.

Code ANSC3100
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
6 credit points from (AVBS1002 or BIOL1XXX) and 6 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX)
AVBS3008 or AVBS4008 or AVBS3009 or AVBS4009

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe structure and production systems in aquaculture and poultry industries in Australia and overseas
  • LO2. Apply the principles of animal husbandry (including areas of animal biology, health, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and growth) to management of the welfare and productivity of aquaculture species and poultry
  • LO3. Critique different types of aquaculture and poultry production models that are commonly used in Australia and overseas
  • LO4. Integrate knowledge and skills as individuals and in groups to provide potential solutions to production problems
  • LO5. Appraise the management of an aquaculture or poultry facility and formulate strategies to improve production
  • LO6. Conduct work independently and in teams to locate, critically evaluate and analyse scientific literature and communicate effectively in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences

Unit outlines

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