ANIML SC 3046RW - Animal Reproduction III

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course will provide students with an understanding of reproductive biology in animals. The physiological basis for reproduction in animals, including livestock, companion and wildlife species will be studied. Topics covered will include comparative structure and function of male and female reproductive systems; endocrine, neuroendocrine and environmental control of reproduction; development of the gametes, embryo, foetus and placenta; and pregnancy and parturition. How the understanding of reproductive physiology informs the management of reproduction and fertility in animals and provides the basis for reproductive technologies including artificial insemination and embryo transfer will be considered.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 3046RW
    Course Animal Reproduction III
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1101/1101ND or BIOLOGY 1401, & BIOLOGY 1202
    Incompatible ANAT SC 3102
    Assumed Knowledge ANIML SC 2506RW & ANIML SC 2507RW
    Course Description This course will provide students with an understanding of reproductive biology in animals. The physiological basis for reproduction in animals, including livestock, companion and wildlife species will be studied. Topics covered will include comparative structure and function of male and female reproductive systems; endocrine, neuroendocrine and environmental control of reproduction; development of the gametes, embryo, foetus and placenta; and pregnancy and parturition. How the understanding of reproductive physiology informs the management of reproduction and fertility in animals and provides the basis for reproductive technologies including artificial insemination and embryo transfer will be considered.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Karen Kind

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 discuss the comparative structure and function of the male and female reproductive
    systems
    2 discuss the physiology of gametogenesis, embryogenesis, pregnancy, parturition and
    lactation
    3 explain the endocrine, neuroendocrine and environmental factors regulate reproduction
    4 explain how to apply this information to strategies for the management of reproduction and
    fertility in animals; including the application of assisted reproductive technologies
    5 critically evaluate the advantages/disadvantages of current and developing reproductive
    technologies
    6 locate and critically evaluate scientific literature and experimental studies relating
    to reproduction and be able to effectively communicate the findings in oral and
    written form
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4,
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4,5,6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4,5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4,6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face to face contact (average week):
    ·   3 hours of lectures taught in one block
    ·   3-4 hours of practical or tutorial activities each week

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
    lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include the following:

    Lecture topics
    ·  Structure and function of male and female reproductive tracts
    ·  Spermatogenesis
    ·  Oogenesis
    ·  Fertililsation
    ·  Preimplantation embryo development
    ·  Endocrine control of reproduction
    ·  Manipulating reproduction – exogenous hormones, pheromones
    ·  Implantation, placentation
    ·  Fetal development
    ·  Endocrine control of pregnancy
    ·  Parturition
    ·  Lactation

    Practical topics:
    ·   Anatomy and histology of male and female reproductive tracts
    ·   Semen collection, processing, storage
    ·   Oocyte collection, maturation
    ·   In vitro fertilisation
    ·   Artificial insemination
    ·   Oestrus detection
    ·   Poultry reproduction
    ·   Placental development

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome
    Written exam Summative End of semester exam 45% No 1,2,3,4
    Practical Report Summative Week 6 and Week 11 25% No 1-6
    Written Assignment Summative Throughout semester 20% No 1-6
    Quizzes Summative Throughout semester 5% No 1-3
    Group presentation Summative Week 11 and 12 5% No 1,2,3,4,6
    Assessment Detail

    Final exam (45% )

    The final theory exam will examine all components of the course.

    Quizzes (5%)

    Short, online quizzes will be completed throughout semester.

    Practical Reports (25%)
    Practical activities will involve submission of short answer questions for a selection of practicals, and a short report, prepared and
    assessed as a group activity, and based on activities completed during practicals.  Students will also complete a written assignment (>1000 words, worth 10%) based on practical application of the information covered in selected practicals and lectures.

    Group presentation (5%)

    Students will work in a group to choose a topic of interest in reproduction and will prepare a brief written description of the
    topic in poster format, and a  short oral presentation on the topic (3 mins).  Groups will be assessed on both the written poster and oral presentation, and students will complete a peer assessment of group member contribution to the activity that will be considered when allocating marks.

    Written assignment (20%)

    Students will submit a written literature review (>2000 words) based on a topical issue in Animal Reproduction.



    Submission

    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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