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 Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga 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

Grading System



Two sessions


School 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 onfarm investigation of a problem in animal health, productivity or welfare;
  • be able to apply the principles of the 'whole farm approach' to an investigation;
  • be able to produce a scientifically valid written report justifying recommendations and appropriate for a lay producer;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge in the field of the investigation


This subject will cover the following topics:

Whole farm analysis

Problem identification

Economic comparisons of options

Report writing

Oral communication to peers and clients


Workplace Learning

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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au 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.