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Module

ACE2068 : Domestic Animal Reproduction and Genetic Improvement

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Beard
  • Lecturer: Dr Miguel Velazquez
  • Other Staff: Dr Matthew Leach
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The overall aim of the module is to enable students to understand the physiology of reproduction and the underlying principles and application of the methods used to artificially control reproduction and achieve genetic improvement.

Outline Of Syllabus

(A) Physiology of reproduction (approx. 6 hours),
….. incl. for example production of gametes, oestrous cycle, mating, pregnancy and postpartum
(B) Artificial control of reproduction (purpose and practice – approx. 4 hours of lectures/ plus 2hrs video)
…..incl. for example oestrus synchronisation. Control of ovulation and MOET. AI techniques and their development
(C) Introduction to genetic improvement (overview and vocabulary) and general principles of animal breeding (approx.. 7hrs of lectures)
….. incl. for example strategies for animal breeding, Genetic improvement in quantitative traits, Factors affecting the rate of genetic improvement,Predicting breeding values, BLUP, Selection for multiple objectives,
(D) Specifics of genetic improvement in various species of animals (approx. 3 hrs of lectures and farm visits incl. probably sheep, beef and dairy breed improvement schemes and genetic problems (and solutions) in companion animals

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable