Semester: 1 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Animal Science
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: optional
Contact person: dr hab. Wojciech Kruszyński, prof. nadzw.
Short description: The course contains the issues involving the use of unnatural methods in animal reproduction on the example of mammals, birds and fish.
Full description: Biological basis of the controlling of the reproduction of mammals, birds and fish, artificial insemination (collecting, analysis and treatment of semen and its introduction to the reproduction tract of a female), transfer of embryos (selection of donors and recipients, rinsing out of embryos, assessment, storage and introduction to the reproductive tract of recipients), extracorporal fertilization, controlling and development of reproduction cycles, controlling of the offspring sex on the level of gametes and embryos, controlling of fish sex, maturation and culture of oocytes, supported fertilization, extracorporal maturation of embryos, embryonic engineering.
Bibliography: Cryopreservation and Freeze-Drying Protocols – Day J.G. and Stacey G.N. (eds.) Human Press, Totowa, New Jersey. Devlin R.H., Nagahama Y. (2002) Sex determination and sex differentiation in fish: an overview of genetic, physiological, and environmental influences. Aquaculture 208: 191-364 Poultry genetics, breeding and biotechnology – W.M. Muir i S.E. Aggrey – CABI Publishing.
Learning outcomes: After course completion: In area of knowledge 1. Student has the knowledge about biology of animal. 2. Student has the knowledge allowing to interpret the natural phenomena and processes in research work and practical activities. Knows the research methodology obligatory in natural sciences. Formulates research hypotheses and solves basic scientific problems. 3. Student describes the methods of mammals, birds and fish reproduction control. Has the knowledge in the field of embryos transfer, in vitro fertilization, control and induction of reproduction cycles, obtaining, maturation and culturing of oocytes, aided reproduction. Student knows the basis of embryonic engineering. In area of skills: 1. Student assesses animals reproduction capacity. Controls the reproduction of animals and uses reproduction biotechnology (cryopreservation, sex control). Uses techniques of aided birds reproduction in creation of genetic reserves of birds ex situ in vitro and in declining species protection. Conducts semen collection, spermatozoa assessment, and knows methods of females insemination in various mammal species. Is able to use the in vitro methods of embryos obtaining. Student knows females artificial insemination methods. In area of social competences: 1. Student demonstrates creativity and is able to determine priorities in task realization taking into account team work. 2. Student obeys the rules of occupational health and safety in biological laboratories, demonstrating responsibility for an assessment of dangers resulting from research techniques used. Demonstrates the care of creation of safe work conditions.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Total credit (classes and lectures) based on the average of the marks obtained from three separate section (fishes, birds, mammals), and assessments of oral statements during exercise. Written tests (one, 20-30 minutes from each division) include issues discussed during classes and lectures. The presence at exercises is obligatory; student can have only one unexcused absence. In the absence excused student is required to pass the relevant part of the material. On completion it is necessary to obtain 60% of the points.

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