ASC307 Critical Reviews in Animal Science (8)

The aim of this subject is to bring together the various aspects of animal production and wildlife conservation and management introduced throughout the first three years of the Bachelor of Animal Science program. In Australia, as elsewhere in the world, animal production and wildlife conservation are often conflicting activities and thus there is need for professionals who understand the issues facing both of these areas.  Superimposed on the complexity of the relationships between animal production and wildlife conservation are the impacts of differing human values and beliefs, particularly those of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Through use of workshops and discussion groups individual involvement and engagement with the subject matter will be fostered. These activities will provide students with an opportunity for discussion and debate on the complexity of the interprelationships between humans, animal production and wildlife conservation. This subject also included reflection (and assessment) of workplacing learning undertaken prior to enrolment in this subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC307. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Animal Science
Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours)

Assumed Knowledge

ASC110 Introduction to  Animal Science; BIO100 Concepts of Biology; ASC225 Assessment of Animal Welfare; BIO216 Conservation Biology; ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the complexity of the relationships between human beliefs and values, wildlife conservation and animal production and the challenges of meeting all of these needs
  • be able to investigate complex issues through innovative and critical use of available data sources and the scientific literature and by synthesising information of different types and from different sources.
  • be able to work as part of a team, including clarification of roles within a team and working towards a team goal.
  • be able to communicate effectively in a style appropriate to the audience.
  • be able to critically evaluate one's own ideas and those of peers.
  • be able to prepare and present a workplace learning portfolio.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Critical analysis of specific topics relating to animal production, conservation biology and wildlife management.
  • Synthesising sources of information and presenting it in a format suitable for the target audience.
  • The importance of effective communication with controversial topics.
  • Development of a workplace learning portfolio.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

All students are required to complete 30 days (7 h/d) of workplace learning during the non-teaching periods of the first three years of the Bachelor of Animal Science course. All students must complete a minimum of 5 days to a maximum of 10 days experience  in any one enterprise. The enterprises must be approved by the Course Coordinator or their nominee. The enterprises may include but are not limited to those involved with commercial animal production of any type, conservation biology and wildlife, domestic animals and pets, zoological parks and agricultural or biomedical research. Students need to complete workplace learning in more than one of these classes of enterprise and will be encouraged to gain as wide a diversity of experience as possible.

Special Resources

Students must arrange their own transport to and accommodation at the ASEMS placements of their choice.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.