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ACE3043 : Livestock Reproduction

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Beard
  • Lecturer: Dr Miguel Velazquez
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of the module is to enable students to understand at a range of levels (cellular to whole animal) the physiology of reproduction in livestock species

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to module and literature search tutorial related to assignment
The function of the reproductive tract and the internal regulation of reproduction
The oestrous cycle
-       follicular phase and follicle development in livestock species
-       luteal phase and luteolysis in livestock species
Reproductive development and the prepubertal period in livestock species
Seasonality and control of the breeding season in livestock species
Spermatogenesis, sperm transport and fertilization
Pregnancy, parturition and the postpartum period
Reviews of research in livestock reproduction (student seminars)
Controlling reproduction

Students will also develop skills in interpersonal and oral communication through the preparation and presentation of seminars in groups, as well as written communication through the assignment. Planning and organising will be developed through both of these assignments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Preparation for oral and oral exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation of slide sets & notes on individually selected topics
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for Semester 2 examination and Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Lectures establish the principles, relationships and mechanisms involved in reproductive function.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading17:307:30Individual research and reading in preparation for group seminar on research review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminars are given on selected subjects to promote research, assimilation and presentation skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Develops information literacy skills
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity17:307:30Preparation for group seminar on research review
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Writing up lecture note and follow up reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Background reading on general module topics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures establish the underlying terminology, principles, relationships and mechanisms involved in reproductive function in livestock species (knowledge outcomes). The workshop develops information literacy skills (skills outcomes). Student-led small group teaching seminars are given on preselected subjects following individual research, co-ordinated by the group. These allow for in-depth research, assimilation and presentation of a specific subject area (skills outcomes).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Formal unseen exam scheduled in the examination period
Oral Examination202M10Oral based mostly on the subject of the slides and notes previously submitted by the student (or a lecture if no slides submitted).
Oral Presentation402M10Group seminar on recent research review
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
ACE3044Companion Animal Reproduction2Pairing only required for the formal unseen exam scheduled in the examination period
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M10Slide set (12 ppt slides) & notes on individually selected topics
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The slide set & notes on individually selected topics will challenge students to use their computer and information literacy skills to provide a clear, concise, well illustrated summary of a specific topic in livestock reproductive biology. The oral will assess understanding and knowledge of the vocabulary, principles and regulation of reproductive processes. The group seminars will assess the students oral communication skills and their ability to explain and evaluate research in a particular area of reproduction in livestock species. The university examination will potentially assess all the knowledge outcomes using essay questions. Successful students will demonstrate their ability to describe, discuss, integrate and analyse the principles of reproductive physiology in their answers.

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