ASC423 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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC423. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in an approved Masters level course.

Subject Relationships

ASC223 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


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 processes of differentiation and 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 body composition are manipulated in the interests of livestock production and animal health.
  • This subject is clearly differentiated from the paired subject, ASC223, in that the learning objectives and assessment clearly reflect the higher level offering appropriate to Master level learning.


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


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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.