Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Applied Biological Science
Lecture Code L3001004 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 動物遺伝育種学
Subject Name
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Animal Breeding and Genetics
ナカムラ ヨシアキ,ヨネザワ タカヒロ,ニシボリ マサヒデ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Tues1-4:ABS C301
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
This is a slide-based lecture. Materials will be uploaded after the lecture. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 26 : Biological and Life Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Agricultural Sciences
Eligible Students Animal Science Program, Compulsory
Keywords Genetics, Population genetics, Evolution, Livestock, Poultry, Breeding, Selection, Qualitative Traits, Genetic Resources, Cryopreservation 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
“Knowledge, Understanding”
-Have basic knowledge of animal science-related biological mechanisms, genetic breeding, reproduction, nutrition, and management science.
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Applied Animal and Plant Science Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding regarding natural phenomena related to animal and plant production in levels of molecule, cell, and individual organism and production environment that supports the phenomena

・Knowledge and understanding regarding the mechanism of animal and plant production in fields and relation between animals and the human society and natural environment.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・Ability to identify issues that he/she should pursue for a specific phenomenon related to animal and plant production, organize his/her own opinion, logically publish them orally and/or in writing, and discuss the topic

Molecular Agro-Life Science Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding regarding organic molecule, cell, individual organism, and population 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course provides a broad overview of the knowledge of genetics, from basic to applied, and introduces genetics and evolution. It also outlines domestication, genetic diversity and breeds in major livestock species. The use and conservation of genetic resources will also be outlined. 
Class Schedule lesson1: Mendelian inheritance
lesson2: Chemical properties of genes
lesson3: Population genetics
lesson4: Inbreeding and genetic drifting
lesson5: Quantitative trait
lesson6: Genetics and evolution
lesson7: Classification of animals and their domestication
lesson8: Cattle: genetic diversity and breeds
lesson9: Pig: genetic diversity and breeds
lesson10: Chicken: genetic diversity and breeds
lesson11: Sheep and Goat: their breeds
lesson12: Why were zebras never domesticated?
lesson13: Genetic resources and its conservation
lesson14: Methodology for conservation in mammals
lesson15: Methodology for conservation in birds

A report will be assigned for each instructor.  
Shin kachiku ikushugaku 家畜育種学 [Livestock Breeding], Asakura Shoten 朝倉書店
Dōbutsu no iden to ikushu 動物の遺伝と育種 [Animal Heredity and Breeding], Asakura Shoten 朝倉書店
Ikusan daijiten 畜産大事典 [Stockbreeding Dictionary], Yōkendō 養賢堂
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(More Details) This is a slide-based lecture. Materials will be uploaded after the lecture. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Advice on preparation for the lecture is given below. For review, please refer to the handouts distributed after the lecture.
1st Preliminary study of Mendelian inheritance.
2nd Let's study about genes, DNA, and chromosomes in advance.
3rd Let's study Hardy-Weinberg's law in advance.
4th Let's study inbreeding, genetic floating, and selection in advance.
5th Let's study qualitative and quantitative inheritance in advance.
6th Let's examine the origin of species and molecular genetics in advance.
7th Let's study about domestication in advance.
8th Let's study about cattle in advance.
9th Let's study about pigs in advance.
10th Let's study about chickens in advance.
11th Let's examine goats and sheep in advance.
12th. Let's study in advance about the characteristics of animals that are easily domesticated.
13th What are genetic resources? Let's investigate the history of utilization.
14th Preparation for mammalian reproduction.
15th Preparation for the lecture on reproduction of birds. 
Grading Method A report will be assigned for each instructor. In accordance with campus rules, students who are absent without permission for more than 1/3 of the entire class will not be graded. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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