ANIMAL REPRODUCTION

EEE3ANR

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a comprehensive program on basic and applied aspects of animal reproduction, with particular emphasis on livestock, domestic animals and wildlife. Fundamental topics include: the structure and function of male and female reproductive systems, endocrine, neuroendrocrine and environmental control of reproduction, development of gametes, embryos, pregnancy and parturition. An understanding of assisted reproductive technologies, impact of environmental endocrine disruptors and fertility control of wildlife and pest species will be developed through lectures, workshops, online modules and assignments. In addition, practical training in skills associated with reproductive assessment and management is provided (i.e. artificial insemination, pregnancy detection, sperm analysis).

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKylie Robert

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1MGC, BIO1EEB or BIO1APM and 90 credit points from second year biology subjects (AGR, BIO, BOT, ZOO, MIC, BCH, GEN)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPathways to Pregnancy and Parturition (2nd ed)PrescribedSenger P.L. 2003.Current Conceptions, Pullman, WA, USA. ISBN 0-9657648-2-6

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Define, explain and correctly use key terms and concepts of animal reproduction and lactation.

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, practical exercises, group discussions, online exercises

02. Relate the structure of the different parts of the reproductive system to their role in reproduction, gestation and parturition

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, practical exercises, group discussions, online exercises

03. Explain how hormones control reproduction and lactation, and apply this knowledge to explain and consider assisted reproductive technologies in animal production and wildlife conservation and fertility control in pest species

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, practical exercises, group discussions, online exercises

04. Link the different levels of sex differentiation and apply this knowledge to explain how they are impacted by endocrine disrupters in the environment

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, practical exercises, group discussions, online exercises

05. Search, review and critically assess scientific literature to write and orally present an overview of the relevant literature on a specific research topic

Activities:
Reading relevant journal articles, evaluate and interpret scientific data, power point presentation and communication of the topic

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKylie Robert

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours practical every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 4.0 hours workshop every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
In-class exercises (9x 1% - ~110 words each, approx. 1000 word equiv.) Active participation in teamwork based exercises (2 of 9 exercises are team based, 10% of grade assesses contribution to team)9 01, 02, 03, 04
Weekly online quizzes (11 x 5 minute multiple choice questions x 2% , 1000 word equiv)Students receive instantaneous assesment at completion of each online quiz22 01, 02, 03, 04
Literature review (1000 word equiv)Students receive comments on the literature review to feedback into poster presentation15 05
Poster presentation (500 word equiv)Students receive comments on the poster presentation, including peer review10 05
Exam (1 hour exam)1 hour exam, short and long answers44 01, 02, 03, 04