ASC422 Animal Biotechnology (8)

This is a lecture, tutorial, practical based subject focussing on providing students with a theoretical and practical understanding of animal biotechnology. The subject covers animal molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, production of transgenic animals, reproductive biotechnology, biotechnology in animal breeding and ethics.

This subject is clearly differentiated from the paired subject, ASC222, in that the learning objectives and assessment clearly reflect the higher level offering appropriate to Master level learning.


Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
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
Enrolment restrictions

Master of Animal Science (articulated set).

Assumed Knowledge
Subject Relationships
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe in detail the structure of animal genes and genomes.
  • Be able to describe how genes are expressed and, in detail, what regulatory mechanisms control of gene expression.
  • Be able to describe the principles and techniques in genetic manipulation and genetic engineering.
  • Be able to describe gene transfer technologies for animals and animal cell lines, giving detailed examples of each
  • Be able to describe detailed techniques and problems both technical and ethical in animal cloning.
  • Be able to describe with detail examples the contribution 'functional genomics' is making and is likely to make in animal biotechnology now and in the future.
  • Be able to understand and critically evaluate current research literature in animal biotechnology
The subject will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to animal biotechnology
- Animal genes and genomes
- Gene expression and regulation.
- Basic principles and techniques of recombinant DNA technology
- Gene transfer methods for mammalian cells and animal transgenics
- Valuable genes in animals
- Animal germ cells, development and animal cloning
- Functional genomics, ethics and the future of animal biotechnology.
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.