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.


* 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: ASC261. 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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC261 in Session 1 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
Final online exam

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.

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.