• Principles of Agricultural Sciences - Animal (ASA)

    Syllabus for the 22-23 School Year


    Welcome to ASA. Here are some things you need to know and follow to ensure you have a successful year!


    Course Description

    • ASA is a course in which students will learn and experience various animal science concepts through exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems. There will be a lot of time spent working with and caring for live animals. Through this lab/inquiry-based course, students’ experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. The National FFA Association and the Supervised Agricultural Experience are an integral part of this course.  

    Course Content

    • First Half of the School Year

      • History and Use of Animals

      • Animal Handling and Safety

      • Cells and Tissues

      • Animal Nutrition

    • Second Half of the School Year

      • Animal Reproduction

      • Genetics

      • Animal Health

      • Animal Products, Selection, and Marketing

    Online Platforms Used

    • Google Classroom

    • Google Slides

    • Google Docs

    • Google Forms

    • EdPuzzle

    • Textbook: 

      • Modern Livestock and Poultry Production 

    • Additional online platforms may be added as the school year progresses.

    Laboratory Safety

    • This course will utilize laboratory activities to enhance curriculum goals.  You need to be aware of the safety skills needed for each laboratory activity as well as the proper handling and care of the various living animals associated with this course.  In addition, you will complete a Google Form regarding laboratory safety.  This will serve as your Laboratory Safety Contract.

    Responsibilities and Expectations

    • Follow the rules and expectations, as outlined in the Student Handbook and by the Board of Education, including the Board of Education Policy #5701 for Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

      • Infractions will be referred to the assistant principals as needed.

    • Be respectful to the teachers, substitute teachers, fellow classmates, animals, property owned by Warren Hills Regional School District, etc.

    • Be on time for class.

    • Come to class with a positive attitude and be prepared for learning.  This includes:

      • Making sure your Chromebook is charged.

      • Ensuring you have access to the Internet and the appropriate Log-ins.

      • Having a writing utensil and folder to hold papers.

      • Placing your cell phone in your backpack.  Cell phones are prohibited in the Animal Room, Greenhouse, and Animal Courtyard.

    • All students enrolled in this course are expected to assist in the care and well-being of the living animals associated with this course, including the proper care and handling of the animals.  Mistreatment of any animal WILL NOT be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.

    • Complete and submit all assignments on time.  Late assignments will result in a loss of points.

    • When in class, know the emergency exit from the classroom as well as the location and use of the emergency equipment.

    • Note:  Other responsibilities and expectations will be explained and modeled to the students as needed throughout the school year.

    Grading Policy

    • All grades are given on a point basis.  

    • Genesis will be updated as regularly as possible.  Please use Genesis to check your scores.

    • A breakdown of the point values for assignments is shown below.

    • A final will be given at the end of the school year.  This final counts as 10% of your final grade.

    Summative Assessments, Projects, SAE

    Digital Notebook

    Laboratory Activities and QuickLabs








    100 points

    50 points

    25-50 points

    50 points

    25 points

    25 points


    Assignment Due Dates, Late Work, Bonus Points, and Absences

    • All assignments are due by the assigned due dates.  Once assignments are submitted, they may not be corrected and resubmitted unless otherwise noted.  Late assignments will be accepted, but will result in a deduction of points.  Missing assignments will result in a zero.  Please contact the teacher(s) if there are extenuating circumstances and additional time is required.

    • Bonus points may be earned by submitting assignments early.  TWO points per day, up to SIX points, can be earned by submitting the assignments early.  The amount of bonus points available varies based on the due date of the assignment. 
    • Bonus points may be earned by attending FFA activities held outside of school hours. 
    • If you are absent, the school policy regarding make-up work will be followed (Number of days absent = number of days to make-up missed assignments).  If the absence is on the day of a test, the test must be completed within one week of the missed test date.

    Questions, Concerns, and Additional Help

    • If you have any questions or concerns, please see Mrs. White.  If you need additional help, please schedule an appointment.  This can be done either in person or through your warrenhills.org email.  If your parents/guardians have any questions or concerns, they may contact Mrs. White through email or voicemail.