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Unit Overview


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.

6 points

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Graeme Martin
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
Advisable prior study
ANIM3306 Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production or equivalent
Contact hours
3 hours per week plus self-paced study. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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