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The subject was fairly good. The content was interesting and not overly complex. It covered a decent range of concepts relating to animals, from animals in agriculture, companion animals, wildlife and pest control and a few other concepts, with about half of the lectures from guest lectures from various areas (from working at Dairy Australia, RSPCA, other faculties at the uni, etc.). The weekly tutorials covered some interesting topics as well, particularly during discussions where we could look at different scenarios and discuss them with other students who may have different experiences with animals or different ethical frameworks relating to animal care. The assessments were alright - I found them quite fair, however due to COVID-19, we weren't able to go to the zoo to write the excursion report as students in other years had, and relying on online resources made it quite difficult. The presentation was also quite good - we were able to choose essentially any topic relating to animals, which allowed for a lot of freedom and meant it could relate to our interests, so research was quite enjoyable. As someone who doesn't like oral presentations, it was definitely bearable, although being prerecorded did make it a lot easier. I must say, though, the discussion boards were always piling up for questions and it often took quite a long time to get an answer, which was often quite broad, which wasn't much help. The lecturers/tutors were all very nice and helpful during tutorial sessions, though. The exam was also quite fair, with 10 MCQ, 50 marks of SAQ, and 3 extended response questions, which were all either directly related to the core lectures, or applying the knowledge to a specific scenario. While some of the content may be more common knowledge, the workload is quite light and it is still a really interesting subject, particularly if you go in with an open mindset and are willing to consider different attitudes towards animals.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

It isn't a difficult subject but it is a bit tedious. The lecturer means well but is honestly really boring, which is surprising since the subject content is really interesting. A lot of the information is borderline common knowledge if you're interested in animals, so again it isn't difficult. Personally, I don't think it's worth it if you're thinking about taking it as a breadth, but as an elective, sure.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019