This subject involves an in-depth examination of genetic principles, from the molecular level, through Mendelian genetics to quantitative genetics applied to populations of domestic animals, captive and free wild animals. Study of this subject includes genetic theory and its application to existing breeding programs for production, performance, working and companion animals.
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
This subject is for students in an approved postgraduate course.
- The basic mechanisms of inheritance including the structure, role and behaviour of chromosomes and genes
- Mendelian inheritance and the factors that effect the segregation of genes
- The common phenotypes that are determined or influenced by one or a few genes, including coat colour and disorders with a genetic basis
- Molecular genetics, how DNA forms genes, how proteins are formed from DNA, and how modern molecular genetic techniques can be applied in animal breeding
- The behaviour of genes in populations of animals and the common mathematical models used to predict genetic events in animal populations
- Quantitative genetics and its application in animal breeding programs, from single herd or flock level up to national and international programs
- The factors which affect the success of breeding programs
- The application of advanced breeding technologies like AI, MOET, sexed semen and others to breeding programs and the implications of these for genetic improvement of animals
- The basis and application of cross-breeding programs
- The genetic evaluation programs commonly used in Australasia for dairy cattle, beef cattle, wool sheep, meat sheep, pigs and poultry (egg and meat)
- The industry structures which affect the way that genetic evaluation programs work in each species, and how genetic theories are best applied
- The issues currently facing breeders of the common domesticated species of animals in Australasia
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.