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Reproductive Physiology (BIOL30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBIOL30001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Topics will include structure, function, and development of the reproductive organs; endocrine and neuroendocrine and environmental control of reproduction, fertilisation, pregnancy, parturition and lactation in humans and other animals; reproductive diseases and disorders; assisted reproductive technologies; and reproduction in a community and global perspective.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to give students of science and biomedical science a solid foundation in human and animal reproductive biology and its applications. Students will be provided with a curriculum informed by current research and addressing a basic understanding of the principles and processes of reproductive biology, the biological bases of reproductive disorders and diseases, assisted reproductive technologies and reproduction in a global context. Students will gain experience in learning how to search the primary scientific literature.

By the completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the structure and function of male and female reproductive systems;
  • understand neuroendocrine and endocrine control systems and their role in the regulation of reproductive processes;
  • understand some common reproductive disorders and diseases and assisted reproductive techniques; and
  • be aware of implications of reproduction in a community and global context.

Generic skills

This subject builds upon existing generic skills, including an ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge from the literature, and an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate and communicate what has been learned. Students should develop their abilities to evaluate scientific evidence critically, and to apply the information to broader contexts. Students will be exposed to consideration of implications of reproduction beyond the narrow confines of scientific research including community and global perspectives. Students will increase their skills in cooperative teamwork through group discussions and peer review.

Last updated: 10 August 2019