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ANSC3888: Production Systems Analysis

Our ever-changing world requires knowledge that extends across multiple disciplines. The ability to identify and explore interdisciplinary links in livestock production is a crucial skill for emerging professionals and researchers alike. This unit presents the opportunity to bring together the concepts and skills you have learnt in livestock production and agriculture, and apply them to a real-world problem. For example, you will work on a project analysing a selected livestock production system following a whole system approach, and understanding drivers and trends shaping the business. This will allow you to identify limitations to livestock productivity, sustainability and profitability which can then be put in a business plan to reduce or overcome the impact of these limitations. Working on a multidisciplinary team will allow you to solve these limitations with a holistic approach proposing improvements across the system's components (soils, pastures, crops, animals, economics, technological advances, amongst others). In this unit, you will continue to understand and explore disciplinary knowledge around Animal Production, while also meeting and collaborating with students from across the University through project-based learning; identifying and solving problems of livestock production systems, collecting and analysing data and communicating your findings to a diverse audience. All of these skills are highly valued by employers. This unit will foster the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and this is essential for both professional and research pathways in the future.

Code ANSC3888
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
AVBS2004 and GEGE2X01
Assumed knowledge:
Familiarity with data analysis and animal handling

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

  • LO1. apply disciplinary knowledge to find and define problems in an interdisciplinary context
  • LO2. analyse data using modern information technologies and digital skills
  • LO3. create an investigation strategy, explore solutions, discuss approaches and predict outcomes
  • LO4. solve problems related to production systems based on evidence-based analysis
  • LO5. demonstrate integrity, confidence, personal resilience and the capacity to manage challenges, both individually and in teams
  • LO6. collaborate with diverse groups and across cultural and disciplinary boundaries
  • LO7. communicate project outcomes effectively to a broad audience