Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Reproductive Physiology
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 30%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   70%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the key gross and microscopic components of the horse, sheep, cattle and pig reproductive systems.

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the control of reproduction in both the male and female.

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the physiology of pregnancy, parturition and lactation in the female.

Brief description

The aims of the module are:

To consider in detail the gross and microscopic reproductive physiology and reproductive control mechanisms in horses and farm livestock. This will include functional anatomy of the reproductive systems of the male and female, placentation and lactation.

It will achieve this by considering the following areas

  • Male and female reproductive anatomy
  • Control of reproduction in the male and female
  • Manipulation of reproduction.
  • Anatomy and control of pregnancy and parturition
  • Anatomy of the mammary gland and control of lactation

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will be expected to be able to express themselves appropriately in a written examination context.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills Students will be required to undergo directed self study and so will develop their literature research skills. Students' laboratory skills will be developed in their practical laboratory work.
Subject Specific Skills The reproductive physiology knowledge to enable an understanding of livestock management and associated veterinary techniques
Team work Students will be required to work in pairs in the practical sessions


This module is at CQFW Level 7