AGRI4403 Animal Reproduction

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit gives students an understanding of the integrated systems that control physiological processes in animals. There is a specific emphasis on reproduction and how we can modify the endogenous control of reproduction, either by management practices that are either technical or ‘clean, green and ethical'. The unit comprises tutorials and a field trip that illustrate aspects of reproductive control and the impact of reproduction on production. Topics include physiology and endocrinology of reproduction, lactation and fibre growth, the integration of neural and endocrine control systems, nutrition and animal health. This is an innovative unit that is taught through a series of tutorials, discussion groups, investigations and field trips.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) thoroughly understand the regulation and integration of major physiological systems, with particular emphasis on reproduction; (2) appreciate the role of reproductive technology in animal breeding; (3) develop skills in evaluation of costs and benefits of reproductive technology; (4) appreciate the principles of 'clean, green and ethical management'; and (5) develop skills in evaluating scientific literature, data handling and writing scientific papers using original sets of data.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an oral presentation on one control system, semen collection and artificial insemination in one given species, advanced methods in assisted reproductive technology; (2) a written report on one control system, on semen collection and artificial insemination in one given species and on advanced methods in assisted reproductive technology; and (3) a case study report on one animal health issue. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dominique Blache
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
ANIM3306 Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
Contact hours
3 hours per week plus self-paced study. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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