Graduate Diploma of Animal Sciences

Graduate Diploma of Animal Sciences

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Animal Science; or

Completion of qualifications recognized as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2– Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission requirements

Q Fever immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Q Fever within the first teaching period of their studies. Students who are not immune to Q fever will not be permitted on-site at some facilities and consequently this may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Animal sciences and production covers the field of animal nutrition, welfare, and production with the aim of improving productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Animal Sciences will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in the area of Tropical Animal Science and related professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks
  • Apply an integrated understanding of tropical animal science and its application to improve human quality of life by means of increased and cost effective food production in tropical   regions
  • Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development through selection and integration of available subjects in tropical animal science
  • Interpret and justify theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions to non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


TV5010:03 Veterinary Public Health

TV5020:03 Animal Production

TV5040:03 Introductory Epidemiology

TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition


Select 12 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology

MI5012:03 Professional Experience

MI5071:03 Molecular Analysis and Epidemiology

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology

TV5121:03 Infectious Disease of Livestock

TV5130:03 Veterinary Parasitology

TV5131:03 Host-Parasite Relationships

TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management

TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology

TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology

TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing

TV5400:03 Technology in Beef Production

TV5420:03 Animal Welfare







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points for the JCU Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences; or

9 credit points for other studies.


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved Abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of study of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences.

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Animal Sciences, and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course.