VSC502 Whole Farm Major Consultancy (16)


It is recommended that VSC501 is completed at the same time or prior to enrolling in VSC502. The student will be required to investigate / analyse two problems they have identified within farming systems (either on an individual farm basis, or on a group of farms, or at industry level). For each of the two 'problems' selected, the student will: - Defining the problem; - Providing alternate solutions in the context of the whole farm; - Making recommendations to the producer(s)/industry on the problem; - Produce a written report covering these areas. It must be noted that students who undertake any combination of VSC502, VSC503 and VSC504 must address clearly differentiated problems in each subject in order to obtain a passing grade.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC502
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Masters of Animal Science                   Postgraduate Certificate of Animal Science Postgraduate Diploma of Animal Science

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to:  conduct an on-farm investigation of a problem in animal health, productivity or welfare; apply the principles of the 'whole farm approach to an investigation; produce a scientifically valid written report justifying recommendations and appropriate for a lay  producer; demonstrate advanced knowledge in the field of the investigation  


The subject will cover the following topics:
Whole farm analysis Problem identification Economic comparisons of options Report writing Oral communication to peers and clients  

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.