ANSC40010 Applied Animal Reproduction

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is designed for stage 4 BAgrSc students who have basic knowledge of animal reproduction. It focuses on applied aspects of reproduction that influence fertility, particularly in dairy and beef cows. Students will be exposed to a series of lectures given by UCD staff and external experts on a variety of topics related to reproduction. In addition, students will have to prepare a literature review on a topic related to animal reproduction.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Interpret and justify some of the management decisions that influence fertility in domestic animals; Critically evaluate research relating to animal reproduction; Present a clear written review of literature relating to an area of applied reproduction.

Indicative Module Content:

Fertility in dairy and beef cows
Male fertility
Oocyte physiology
Causes of embryo mortality in farm animals
Role of genetics in fertility
Understanding and manipulating oestrous cycles

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The course is delivered through face-to-face lectures delivered by UCD staff and external guest lecturers. Each student will also carry out a project (literature review) on an assigned topic related to animal reproduction. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

If you do not have the pre-requisite module(s) but have equivalent prior learning, please contact the module co-ordinator to approve your registration to this module.

Learning Recommendations:

A course on reproductive physiology

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANSC30010 - Animal Reproduction

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Written project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Class Test: End of trimester in-class test Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Ongoing guidance for projects will be given throughout the trimester.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 15:00 - 16:50