ASC261 Animal Reproduction (8)
Reproduction is central to the efficiency of livestock production industries and the breeding and management of companion animals and wildlife. Successful reproduction is dependent on managers and carers having a sound knowledge of reproductive principles. This subject is designed to develop the basic understanding of the reproductive anatomy, physiology, endocrinology and behaviour in selected farm, companion animals and wildlife species. Students will have the opportunity to examine strategies to control reproduction and gain hands on experience in reproductive evaluation and fertility management of livestock.
Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe reproductive anatomy and its relation to function in various species;
  • Be able to explain the endocrine mechanisms that regulate reproduction and the physiological and behavioural changes that occur during the oestrous cycle;
  • Be able to discuss the processes of gametogenesis, fertilisation, foetal development, placentation, parturition and lactation;
  • Be able to apply reproductive principles to control reproductive potential in animals;
  • Be able to evaluate the reproductive potential and identify factors that limit reproduction in males and females;
  • Be able to discuss and explain basic artificial breeding protocols for domestic animals;
  • Be able to discuss and explain basic methods of contraception.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • - Anatomy of reproduction in the male and female
  • - Gametogenesis in the male and female
  • - Endocrine control of reproduction in the male and female
  • - The events of the oestrous cycle, endocrine, physiological and behavioural
  • - The process of gamete transport and fertilisation
  • - Factors affecting puberty, anoestrus and seasonality
  • - Maternal recognition of pregnancy, placentation and foetal development
  • - Paturition, lactation and the puerperium
  • - The assessment of reproductive potential
  • - The use of artificial breeding technologies to improve reproductive potential
  • - Methods to decrease reproductive potential, contraception, in domestic, wild and pest species
  • - Factors limiting reproductive potential and their management
  • - Reproductive biology and management of selected domestic and wild species.
Residential School
This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.The Residential School provides opportunities for a hands on approach for the theory taught.
Special Resources

This subject has a 3 day residential school student have to attend.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.