Genetics and Animal Breeding

Subject DASC30008 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty six hours of lectures, 30 hours of practical work
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Students must have completed:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

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Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject covers the application of genetics to the breeding of animals. On completion of the course students should understand the application of quantitative and molecular genetics, have a sound knowledge of ­practical breeding programs and be able to design and manage these programs. The topics to be covered include:

  • definition of breeding objectives in economic terms;

  • the meaning of genetic parameters such as heritability;

  • estimation of breeding values;

  • use of genetic improvement tools such as selection and crossbreeding;

  • the effects of inbreeding and how to minimise them;

  • the use of molecular and reproductive technology; and

  • design of breeding programs.


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 impact of inbreeding
  • evaluate a range of genetic tools (including molecular and reproductive technologies) for the design breeding programmes.

One 3-hour written examination (50%), two written practical reports and assignments totalling 5000 words (35%), one seminar presentation (15%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agri-food Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Animal Disease Biotechnology (specialisation of Animal Health and Disease major)
Animal Science and Management

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