Leader: Prof David Galloway & Dr Michael Holland
Clayton Second semester 2006 (Day)
Synopsis: This unit will cover reproductive biology involved in the breeding of animals and basic reproductive physiology and endocrinology. Reproductive efficiency and genetic gain in farm animals and endangered animals and the monitoring and regulation of reproduction in pets, zoo animals, Australian native animals and vertebrate pest species are studied. Hormonal and immunological manipulation of reproduction, artificial insemination (AI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), cryopreservation of semen, embryo production and transfer will also be covered.
Objectives: On completion of this unit students will: 1. possess a thorough knowledge and understanding about the reproductive biology of farm animals, animals in danger of becoming extinct, pets, zoo animals, Australian native animals and vertebrate pest species; 2. be familiar with the techniques that are available to manipulate reproduction in animals, including the hormonal and immunological manipulation of reproduction, artificial insemination (AI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the cryopreservation of semen, and embryo production and transfer; 3. understand the limitations of the procedures that are applied to manipulate reproduction in animals and have gained first hand experience of ICSI in animals; 4. understand the commercial, environmental and ethical issues related to the use of reproductive technologies on animals; 5. know how to evaluate contemporary research papers and communicate a critical review of several scientific papers and appreciate how fundamental can be applied to achieve environmental and/or commercial outcomes.
Assessment: Open-book written examination (1.5 hours): 50% + Practical work and report: 30% + one mini-seminar 20%
Contact Hours: This unit will be held over six weeks in second semester. In addition to attendance at lectures and tutorials students are required to attend practical demonstrations and site visits. Attendance from 9 am to 5 pm for a 3 day laboratory project is also required.