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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC422 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 %
Mini tests
Journal review article
Mid-session exam
Practical report
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.