Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lecture per week
Practical 3 x 3 hour practical dissections during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical report  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Written examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1.5 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Detail the anatomy of the female and male mammalian reproductive tract and explain the functions of the constituent parts.

2. Discuss the control of reproduction in the male and female.

3. Explain the role that the maternal system plays both during pregnancy and lactation in ensuring the successful production of offspring.

4. Describe the patterns of growth and development of the major tissues and organs from conception to maturity.

Brief description

This module will consider mammalian reproductive anatomy and physiology along with their growth and development. Areas covered will include anatomy, function and control of reproductive activity in males and female including pregnancy and lactation. Patterns of growth and development of the major tissues and organs from conception to maturity will also be covered. The knowledge gained within this module can then be applied in subsequent subject specific, equine, livestock, companion animal modules.


A series of approximately 22 lectures and 3 practicals.

The aims of the module are:

To give an appreciation of comparative reproductive anatomy, growth and development so that this knowledge can be applied in subsequent subject specific, equine, livestock, companion animal modules.

It will achieve this by considering the following areas

Female reproductive anatomy and ovarian function
Male reproductive anatomy and testicular function
Control of reproduction in the male and female
Pregnancy, fertilization, implantation, placentation
Endocrine control of pregnancy and parturition
Anatomy and control of lactation
Measuring and describing growth
Factors affecting live-weight growth and body dimensions and subsequent athletic performance
Growth of carcass tissues and factors affecting carcass tissue growth and distribution

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written communication skills will be an essential assessed component of student’s practical report.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be given detailed feedback on the coursework which will help them improve their subsequent performance in other modules
Information Technology
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills Students will be expected to demonstrate laboratory and literature research skills in their practical lab work and these will be assessed in the associated report.
Subject Specific Skills A knowledge of reproductive physiology and growth and development sufficient to enable an understanding of stud management animal production systems, reproductive technology etc
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 5