117347

Reproductive and Lactational Physiology

Structure and function of reproductive tracts, placenta and mammary gland. Sex/gender determination, endocrine control of oestrous cycles, fertilisation, pregnancy and mammogenesis. Fetal programming, birth and lactogenesis, Nutrient supply to gland and metabolic disease. Factors affecting milk yield and composition. Puberty, breeding seasons, fertility, fecundity and technological developments in reproduction. Practicals on analysis of reproductive data, anatomy, histology, and reproductive technologies.

Course code

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117347

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

300-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Animal Science

Course planning information

Course notes

The Distance offering will only be run if 5 or more students are enrolled. Students are required to have clean overalls and boots (working or gumboots) during practical classes. No other shoes, lab coats or clothes will be acceptable.

Attendance at practical classes is compulsory to pass the course.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 200-level before enrolling in 300-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe the structure and function of female and male reproductive systems and, in the female, of the mammary gland.
  • 2 Describe the determinators of sex and hormonal processes which control reproduction.
  • 3 Describe mating of animals, the process of fertilisation and lactation, and development of the foetus and the mammary gland during pregnancy; the birth process and subsequent events in both the newborn animal and its mother (lactation and rebreeding).
  • 4 Describe factors controlling breeding seasons and the onset of puberty in farm animals, and seasonal/pubertal effects on mammary gland development.
  • 5 Describe technologies such as sexing of sperm or embryos and cloning of embryos and the use of hormones to improve reproductive and lactational performance.
  • 6 Demonstrate skills in reading and evaluating scientific literature, analysing simple herd production data, and in planning and writing a logical well-supported argument.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 26%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 12%
Written Assignment 2 3 4 5 6 12%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended

MILK PRODUCTION FROM PASTURE

Author
HOLMES, C.W., BROOKES, I.M., GARRICK, D.J, MACKENZIE, D.D.S., PARKINSON, T.J. AND WILSON, G.F.
ISBN
0-47308-3086
Edition
2002
Publisher
Massey University

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS

Author
R MICHAEL AKERS & D MICHAEL DENBOW
ISBN
978-1-118-35638-8
Edition
2
Publisher
Wiley Blackwell

REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN FARM ANIMALS

Author
IAN GORDON
ISBN
9781780646022
Edition
2017 SECOND
Publisher
CABI

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