ACE2068 : Domestic Animal Reproduction and Genetic Improvement
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- 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
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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. 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 or outside speaker seminar)
…..incl. 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. 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 Rationale And Relationship
The early lectures and videos will introduce the vocabulary of animal reproductive physiology / breeding and describe the principles and practices involved in controlling reproduction and improving the genetic merit of animals (all knowledge outcomes). The practical will illustrate aspects of reproductive anatomy and physiology (knowledge outcomes 2 and 3 and skills outcome 1). The CAL tutorial uses interactive exercises to investigate factors that influence the rate of genetic improvements and ways to select for multiple objectives (knowledge outcomes 7 and 8). Outside speaker and farm visits will allow students to obtain information about the objectives and problems in real breeding programmes from animal breeders and advisers (knowledge outcomes 9 and 10 and skills outcome 2).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||1||A||80||Answer 3 questions out of 6.|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||20||The practical helps students understand the concepts & techniques of animal reproduction (up to 1000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The practical report will assess the students skills in the examination of experimental material, presentation and critical discussion (skill outcomes 1). A formative computer assessment assesses knowledge of the vocabulary, methods, principles and strategies of animal breeding (outcomes 1,2,4, and 6). The final examination will potentially assess all the knowledge outcomes using essay questions (students will answer 3 of 6). Successful students will demonstrate their ability to describe, discuss, integrate and analyse the principles and practices of animal breeding in their answers.
Study abroad students may request a take-away exam paper to be returned via NESS.