Adv Reproduction & Breeding Technology

Subject DASC90013 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours
Total Time Commitment:

Total time commitment for this subject is 170 hours.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students wishing to take this subject should be enrolled in a postgraduate programme in Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Zoology, Agriculltural Sciences or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview:

This subject will provide the student with a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced breeding programs in cattle and sheep. They will be able to set up a breeding program, have a knowledge of the male and female reproductive systems, their control and manipulation to implement advanced breeding technologies such as AI, MOET, IVF, cloning and transgenesis. The student will also have extensive hands on experience in cattle and sheep AI and embryo flushing and transfer programs established at the Dookie campus.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the subject the student will be able to:

  • Assess a variety of livestock breeding programs for genetic improvement;
  • Have a good practical understanding of the implementation of these breeding programs;
  • Know how the anatomical differences between sheep and cattle influence the application of the programs;
  • Predict future breeding strategies through a comprehensive knowledge of the benefits and limitations of current technologies.
  • 1000 word written assignment, due at the end of the block intensive
  • 1000 word practical report 1, due one month after the block intensive
  • 1500 word practical report 2, due one month after the block intensive
  • Two hour examination at the end of semester
Prescribed Texts:

Gordon, I. 2005 Reproductive technologies in farm animals. CABI publishing, Oxfordshire, UK

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Q Fever

Students enrolling in the Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences are advised that some courses of study may put them at an increased risk of contracting Q Fever. Q Fever is a relatively common preventable condition which, while rarely fatal, can cause a severe acute illness and can result in damage to heart valves and chronic fatigue. It is recommended that students consider undertaking screening and vaccination for Q Fever prior to commencement of study. Students may be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to undertaking some coursework. Your course coordinator will advise you of this requirement prior to commencement of the study semester. Vaccine costs for students are not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme, Medicare, or by the University. Some students with full private medical coverage (which has hospital and ancillary cover) may receive partial re-imbursement for vaccine costs.

Related Course(s): Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
100 Point (B) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences

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