ASC100 Introduction to Animal Science (16)

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 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.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC100. 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

Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) Integrated Honours students only.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss how cultural background, economics and environmental factors may influence interactions between humans and animals;
  • be able to discuss drivers underpinning animal science and how they impact on animal management and production of domestic and/or wildlife species;
  • be able to demonstrate the knowledge of competent handling of a range of domestic animal species in a safe and professional manner; and
  • be able to demonstrate developing literacy, numeracy, digital, professional and communication skills in obtaining evidence-based information, evaluating it to solve problems, and communicating the information to potential stakeholders.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The influence of cultural background on the interactions between animals and humans;
  • The animal industries, including but not limited to:
  • - Beef Production
  • - Dairy production
  • - Sheep and goat production
  • - Poultry production
  • - Pig production
  • - 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

Special Resources

Students will be required to wear boots and overalls for all animal handling practical sessions.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.