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Applied Animal Reproduction & Genetics (ANSC30004)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeANSC30004
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Formerly DASC30006

The aim of this subject is to give students of animal science a fundamental understanding of both applied reproductive biology and genetics. This will enable students to develop the skills necessary for management of reproductive performance and to implement genetic improvement of domestic animals. The content includes comparative structure and function of reproductive organs; endocrinology and neuro-endocrinology of reproductive cycles; environmental and genetic influences on reproduction, interventions to manipulate reproduction; reproductive biotechnologies including cloning; breeding values and selection indices; inbreeding and crossbreeding; applied animal genomics.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe the comparative structure and function, as well as endocrine and neuroendocrine control of the reproductive systems
  • Identify factors affecting reproduction and define management strategies to optimise reproductive performance
  • Critically evaluate new and emerging technologies for modifying reproductive performance
  • Express how genetic parameters influence animal improvement programs
  • Contrast potential negative effects of inbreeding with potential advantages of crossbreeding
  • Evaluate the impact of manipulating reproduction to optimise breed improvement programs

Generic skills

Please refer to objectives

Last updated: 12 July 2019