GENE522 Genetic Evaluation and Breeding Program Design

Updated: 27 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Block F Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
02 November 2020 04 November 2020 Mandatory Online students must attend the mandatory intensive school; Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GENE422

consult unit coordinator for enrolment in all 500-level GENE units; The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units GENE422 - Genetic Evaluation and Breeding Program Design
Coordinator(s) Julius Van Der Werf (
Unit Description

This unit provides both a theoretical and practical understanding of most aspects of modern breeding programs, including methods used to estimate breeding values, to derive breding objectives and to balance multiple trait selection and inbreeding for sustainable improvement of animals. The potential role of reproductive and genomic technologies is evaluated. Students will become well aware of the role of breeding programs in the animal industries, and they develop skills to independently evaluate various aspects of breeding programs.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of animal breeding and quantitative genetics theory;
  2. demonstrate an advanced and integreated understanding of animal breeding programs and the effect of new technologies;
  3. integrate advanced knowledge of genomics and genetic improvement, and thereby demonstrate the ability to apply expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills to a body of knowledge or practice independently;
  4. demonstrate autonomy and expert judgement by obtaining more advanced practice in solving animal breeding problems; and
  5. research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice within the subject.