GRS4201 - Comparative reproduction and conservation - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kiri Beilby


Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit will focus on the reproductive biology and breeding of animals. The lectures and tutorials will build on an understanding of basic reproductive physiology and endocrinology to explore ways in which reproduction can be manipulated to increase the reproductive efficiency and genetic gain in farm animals and animals in danger of becoming extinct. How this information can be applied to the monitoring and regulation of reproduction in pets, zoo animals, Australian native animals and vertebrate pest species will also be explored. The approaches that will be examined include hormonal and immunological manipulation of reproduction, artificial insemination (AI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm. A facility that is using these approaches will allow students to see first hand how fundamental information can be applied to achieve environmental and/or commercial outcomes.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the techniques that are available to manipulate reproduction in animals
  2. Apply the principles of reproductive technologies to the management of farm animals, endangered species, captive animals, Australian native animals and vertebrate pest species
  3. Discuss the limitations of techniques available to manipulate reproduction in animals
  4. Justify the use of various techniques for improving breeding and population genetics in animals
  5. Identify and apply current research findings to achieve environmental and/or commercial gains in animal breeding systems


  • Examination (2 hours) (45%) (hurdle)
  • PeerWise (5%)
  • Captive breeding scenario (3,000 words) (50%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

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.

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