ASC110 Introduction to Animal Science (8)


This subject will introduce students to the many professions served by animal scientists, through an exploration of the animal industries, the roles that animals serve in society, and how cultural background (in particular indigenous and non-indigenous) may influence the interactions that occur between humans and animals. Through practical sessions, students will begin to develop an appreciation of animal management and safe handling techniques. Students will also begin to develop skills in scientific communication, critical thinking and inquiry in the context of animal science.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC110
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:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed VSC110 or ASC227
Incompatible subject(s)
ASC227 VSC110

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to discuss how cultural background, in particular indigenous and non-indigenous, may influence the interactions between humans and animals
  • Be able to explain the diverse work of animal scientists and the opportunities provided through the study of animal science
  • Be able to discuss some contemporary issues facing various animal industries
  • Be able to demonstrate a broad appreciation of different animal species and the importance of animal-human interactions
  • Be able to demonstrate the principles of good animal husbandry
  • Have developed skills in the safe handling of animals
  • Have developed skills in scientific communication
  • Have developed skills in critical thinking and inquiry in the context of animal science


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The influence of cultural background, in particular indigenous and non-indigenous, on the interactions between animals and humans
  • The animal industries:
  • - Animal health
  • - Animal nutrition
  • - Livestock production
  • - Wildlife management
  • - Zoos
  • - Sports and recreation
  • - Animal research
  • - Regulatory affairs
  • Introduction to animal husbandry and handling techniques:
  • - Horses
  • - Sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and aquaculture.
  • - Birds and other wildlife
  • - Captive vertebrates
  • - Small mammals
  • Information gathering and critical analysis
  • Scientific communication and presentation skills


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.