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 species. Factors that control growth will be examined from genetic, epigenetic, nutritional, and hormonal perspectives, including reference to growth disorders and growth manipulation.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) Integrated Honours

Other students may enrol in ASC223 at the discretion of their Course Co-ordinator and the Subject Co-ordinator.

Assumed Knowledge

ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology

BIO100 Concepts of Biology

Subject Relationships

ASC423 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 process of differentiation and the growth of bone, muscle and adipose tissue, and specialised tissue structures such as wool and mammary gland;
  • be able to explain how hormones, nutrition and epigenetics influence animal growth and 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.


This 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; and
  • Growth and development of domesticated and non-domesticated exotic and indigenous species.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC223 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Progress test 1
Progress test 2
Progress test 3
Individual posters
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.