ANIML SC 3046RW - Animal Reproduction III

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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 or BIOLOGY 1401 or BIOLOGY 1001, & BIOLOGY 1202
    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 describe the comparative anatomy of the male and female reproductive systems
    2 describe the physiology of gametogenesis, embryogenesis, pregnancy, parturition and lactation
    3 explain how 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 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3, 4, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    5
  • 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
    ·  Gametogenesis, Fertilisation and Embryo development
    ·  Endocrine control of reproduction
    ·  Manipulating reproduction – exogenous hormones, pheromones
    ·  Fetal and Placental development
    ·  Endocrine control of pregnancy
    ·  Parturition
    ·  Lactation

    Practical and tutorial topics:
    ·  Anatomy and histology of male and female reproductive tracts
    ·  Fetal and Placental development
    ·  Egg development
    ·  Reproductive histology
    ·  Assisted reproductive technologies
    ·  Endocrine control of reproduction


  • 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
    Practical / Tutorial Reports Formative and Summative Throughout semester 15% No 2, 3, 4, 5
    Written Assignment Formative and Summative Week 12 20% No 1, 2, 3, 5
    Quizzes Formative and Summative Throughout semester 10% No 1, 2, 3
    Group presentation Formative and Summative Week 11 and 12 10% No 1, 2, 5
    Final theory exam Summative End of semester exam 45% No 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Detail

    Practical / Tutorial Reports (15%)
    Practical activities will involve submission of answers to short answer questions for all practicals and tutorials (worth 5%), and a written report (worth 10%) based on practical application of information covered in tutorials, practicals and lectures.

    Written Assignment (20%)
    Students will submit a written literature review (>2000 words) based on a topical issue in Animal Reproduction.

    Quizzes (10%)

    Online quizzes, containing MCQ and short answer questions, will be completed throughout semester.

    Short topics - Group presentation (10%)
    Students will work in a group to choose a topic of interest in reproduction and will prepare a brief oral and poster presentation.

    Final theory exam (45%)
    The 3hr final theory exam will examine all components of the course, and may include MCQs, short and long answer questions.


    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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