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Genetics and Animal Breeding (ANSC90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeANSC90006
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Formerly BIOL90025

This subject covers recent advances in the application of genetics and breeding technologies to commercial animal improvement programs including: advanced reproductive technologies, quantitative and molecular genetics. Students will develop the skills to evaluate the potential impact of recent breeding technologies on breeding program design. Practical sessions aim to develop skills in the interpretation of genetic data and to gain knowledge of how reproductive systems can be manipulated to implement advanced breeding technologies, such as multiple ovulation and embryo transfer, cloning and transgenesis.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Express the meaning and application of a range of genetic parameters
  • Estimate breeding values and use genetic tools to determine the impact of selection and crossbreeding
  • Identify the contraints to production gain using genetic selection programmes and the impact of inbreeding
  • Evaluate a range of genetic tools (including geonomic and reproductive technologies) for the design of breeding stratergies in the animal industries

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed these generic skills:

  • Academic excellence
  • Greater in-depth understanding of the scientific disciplines of applied animal genetics
  • Critical thinking and analysis, and problem solving
  • Flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved ability to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats

Last updated: 11 November 2018