Skip to main content
Unit of study_

ANSC3102: Animal Reproduction

This unit of study provides a comprehensive programme on basic and applied aspects of male and female reproductive biology, with particular emphasis on livestock and domestic animals. The fundamental topics include reproductive cycles, sexual differentiation, gametogenesis, fertilization, embryo development, gestation and parturition. An understanding of the applications of advanced reproductive technologies is developed through lectures, tutorials and the assignments. In addition, practical instruction is given on semen collection and processing, manipulation of the reproductive cycle, artificial insemination, and pregnancy diagnosis in sheep. Classes are held at the Camperdown Campus in Sydney and at the Camden Campus Animal Reproduction Unit.

Code ANSC3102
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
A background in animal anatomy and physiology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. give a definition of reproduction, describe sexual and asexual reproduction and describe the general rules of animal reproduction
  • LO2. describe the urogenital systems of male and female farm animals
  • LO3. understand the principles of reproduction and breeding strategies in domesticated and wild animals, and be able to describe and give examples of breeding strategies, tactics of sexual congress and the development and consequences of sexual differentiation, and provide an explanation of their significance in the breeding of farm animals
  • LO4. describe the oestrous cycle and natural breeding patterns of laboratory animals, companion animals and animals of agricultural significance
  • LO5. prescribe methods of controlling oestrus and ovulation in various species and appreciate the relative merits of the various methods
  • LO6. prescribe methods of breeding animals outside their normal breeding periods
  • LO7. prescribe methods of enhancing reproductive performance including, in broad terms, superovulating females and conducting an embryo transfer program
  • LO8. describe the processes of semen production and oocyte maturation in various species
  • LO9. describe the factors controlling ovulation and fertilisation in various species
  • LO10. analyse the quality of semen in various species, preserve the quality of semen, and store semen in liquid and frozen states
  • LO11. prescribe methods of insemination consistent with obtaining a high level of fertility and appreciate the relative merits of different insemination methods
  • LO12. describe embryo development and mechanisms of parturition in various species, and appreciate sources of embryo, fetal and neonatal mortality
  • LO13. describe the benefits and limitations of the gamete/embryo manipulations involved in various advanced reproductive technologies
  • LO14. prescribe methods of pregnancy diagnosis, management of pregnant animals and of induction of parturition
  • LO15. recognise reproductive problems in a variety of species and prescribe solutions.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.