AGRI 2004 Animal Reproduction
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 300835
Coordinator Sebastian Holmes Opens in new window
Description Reproduction is the origin of life. The aim of this unit is to provide students with a sound understanding of reproduction of both domestic and non domestic animals so that they can design and manage a breeding program for a species of choice. Topics will include anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive tracts; hormonal control of reproduction; fertilisation, pregnancy, parturition and lactation and advanced reproductive technologies. These topics will be explored in a range of species across different taxonomic groups.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject
Equivalent Subjects LGYB 3711 - Equine Reproduction and Stud Management AGRI 3006 - Animal Reproduction
Some knowledge of biology, including basic animal anatomy, introductory animal physiology and some understanding of reproductive behaviour.
- Describe a range of reproductive strategies used by domesticated animals and wildlife species
- Examine reproductive organs systems to determine advanced reproductive technologies to be applied to breeding systems
- Compare and contrast the principles of manipulating breeding systems using biological and environmental stimuli
- Analyse biological tissue in the laboratory to determine appearance of normal tissue
- Report research findings using appropriate academic writing and public speaking
2. Endocrinology of reproductive cycles
3. Oogenesis, fertilisation
4. Parturition and lactation
5. Pregnancy loss
6. Effect of environment on reproduction
7. Manipulation of reproductive cycles
8. Captive breeding programs
9. Artificial breeding techniques including semen collection and evaluation, embryo transfer and other assisted reproductive techniques
10. Major reproductive diseases and their control
11. Comparative structure and function of male and female reproductive systems, and learn how to manipulate endocrine control of reproductive cycles. Students will work with a range of techniques, including new and emerging technologies, for modifying reproductive performance.
12. Factors affecting reproduction and common causes of reproductive failure will also be explored. Research and write professional standard academic reports.
All activities in the subject involving live animals must be approved by the Western Sydney University Animal Care and Ethics Committee.
All activities in the subject involving the use of animal specimens must be approved by the Western Sydney University Institutional Biosafety and Radiation Safety Committee.
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Practical 1 write up - mini report||500-1000 words||10||N||Individual|
|Individual presentation: Managing an endangered or pest species through reproductive strategies||3 minutes||15||N||Individual|
|Practical 4 write up - major report||1500-2000 words||25||N||Individual|
|Written report: Managing an endangered or pest species through reproductive strategies||1500-3000 words||25||N||Individual|
|Final Exam||2 hours||25||N||Individual|
- The Biology of Reproduction by Giuseppe Fusco and Alessandro Minelli (1st Edition) 2019. Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: 978-1108731713 ISBN-10: 1108731716
- Reproductive Technologies in Farm Animals by Ian R. Gordon (2nd edition) 2017. CABI ISBN-10: 1780646038 ISBN-13: 9781780646039 Link is to the 1st edition available online via the library.
2022 Semester 2
Subject Contact Sebastian Holmes Opens in new window
Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.