ANSC 534
Advanced Reproductive Physiology



Dr. Zoltan Machaty
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences; Room 3-233
Phone: 494-8008
Office hours: By appointment (or in office when available)

Course Description

Three credit hours; lecture based; graduate level course

Course Objectives

The ultimate goal of this course is to help students learn and understand the principles and mechanisms of reproductive physiology. The course is based primarily on lectures and addresses the most important issues related to reproduction of domestic animal species.


2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday (LILY 3-102)

Recommended Textbooks

Reproduction in Farm Animals, E.S.E. Hafez and B. Hafez, 7th edition

Pathways to Pregnancy and Parturition, P.L. Senger, Second edition


A total of four, non-cumulative hourly exams will be given throughout the semester.  Each exam is worth 100 points and will consist of a combination of essay, short answer and multiple choice questions. 

In addition, a comprehensive final exam will be given during the finals week.  It will also be worth 100 points and the format will be the same as for the hourly exams.

The final grade will be determined based on the top four exam scores (the lowest exam grade will be dropped)

Grade structure:

First Exam 100 points
Second Exam 100 points
Third Exam 100 points
Fourth Exam 100 points
Final Exam 100 points
Total (after dropping lowest exam grade) 400 points

The final grade will be determined as follows:

97.0-100% A+
93.0-96.9% A
90.0-92.9% A-
87.0-89.9% B+
83.0-86.9% B
80.0-82.9% B-
77.0-79.9% C+
73.0-76.9% C
70.0-72.9% C-
67.0-69.9% D+
63.0-66.9% D
60.0-62.9% D-
0-59.9% F

Statement on academic dishonesty

Intellectual integrity and the highest standards of academic conduct are expected. The University Senate has stipulated that: “The commitment of the acts of cheating, lying, and deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking examinations, the use of illegal cribs, plagiarism, and copying during examinations) is dishonest and must not be tolerated.” Academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students and dealt with accordingly


Exams will be based on the material presented during classes.  It is in your best interest to attend each lecture; if you are unable to attend any of the classes, please ask me what you missed.

Unexpected changes

In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances. In such a case contact me to get information about changes in this course.

Tentative Schedule

The tentative schedule together with the Syllabus and Course Notes is listed on Blackboard of the Purdue website:

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