ASC223 Animal Growth and Development (8)


This subject will examine the processes of growth and development from conception through to maturity in domesticated and non-domesticated exotic and indigenous species.  Factors that control growth will be examined from genetic, epigenetic, nutritional, and hormonal perspectives, including reference to growth disorders and growth manipulation.  

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC223
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology BIO100 Concepts of Biology

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Animal Science and Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) Other students may enrol in ASC223 at the discretion of their Course Co-ordinator and the Subject Co-ordinator.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ASC423 ASC423 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe foetal development and the factors that can have a lifelong influence on the newborn animal;
  • be able to describe the process of differentiation and the growth of bone, muscle and adipose tissue;
  • be able to explain the concept of nutrient partitioning and the control of body composition; and
  • be able to discuss the ways in which animal growth and composition are manipulated in the interests of livestock production or animal health.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Embryogenesis and tissue development
  • Epigenetics of growth and development
  • Perinatal growth and development
  • Postnatal growth and development
  • Growth of specialised tissue structures
  • Growth and development of domesticated and non-domesticated exotic and indigenous species


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.