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Experimental Reproductive Physiology (BIOL30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBIOL30002
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The program will provide students with the opportunity to gain a first-hand laboratory experience of the structure, function, and development of the reproductive organs, including selected aspects of the endocrine, neuroendocrine and environmental control of reproduction, fertilisation, pregnancy, parturition and lactation in mammals. Student will gain experience in experimental design, cutting-edge research techniques, data analysis, and scientific report writing and will be introduced to the practicalities of reproductive manipulation and assisted reproductive technologies.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to give students of science and biomedical science a solid foundation in laboratory practise in reproductive biology. Students will be provided with an opportunity to engage in an authentic experience of scientific research: addressing questions in reproductive physiology to generate a hypothesis; designing an experiment; hands-on experience in the use of experimental animals; working in a group to complete the experiments and collect and analyse the data; writing up an individual final report in the format of a scientific manuscript; and peer-review.

By the completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the modern experimental approaches of reproductive physiology and assisted reproductive techniques;
  • be aware of the ethical issues in using animals for experimental studies;
  • understand and be able to apply selected methods used in reproductive physiology research;
  • 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; and
  • understand the process by which scientists move from an original idea to a final published paper.

Generic skills

This subject builds upon existing generic skills, including an ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge from observation and the literature, and an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate and communicate results. Students should acquire the basic skills required to make and record scientific observations, and evaluate data in an objective manner as part of practical class report writing. They will be encouraged to access information from the primary scientific literature, through both electronic and traditional sources, and to develop the skills needed to produce scientific reports that are succinct, clear and completed on time. They should develop their abilities to evaluate scientific evidence critically, to formulate hypotheses, and be alert to alternative explanations. Students should also gain first-hand experience in the ethical use of animals in experimentation. Students will undertake practical work in a small group and will refine their skills in cooperative teamwork.

Eligibility and requirements


25 points selected from

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYS20009 Research-Based Physiology
Semester 1
Semester 2
ZOOL20005 Animal Structure and Function
Semester 1
ZOOL20006 Comparative Animal Physiology
Semester 2
MAST20031 Analysis of Biological Data
Semester 1
BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Semester 1
Semester 2
CEDB20003 Fundamentals of Cell Biology
Semester 1
GENE20001 Principles of Genetics
Semester 1
PHYS20008 Human Physiology
Semester 1
Semester 2
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
Semester 1
BIOM20002 Human Structure and Function
Semester 2

Students with equivalent alternative backgrounds should discuss their options with the coordinator.


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL30001 Reproductive Physiology
Semester 2

Non-allowed subjects

Students may not gain credit for this subject and any of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL30008 2019

  • BIOL30001 Reproduction (prior to 2013)

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 4 x Laboratory worksheets of 200 words each due throughout semester (35%)
  • Project proposal of 500 words due week 6 (5%)
  • Project report of 3000 words due week 11 (50%)
  • Peer-reviewed group oral presentation of 20 minutes due week 12 (10%)

The group presentation component will be partially assessed by other students. All students will be required to review group presentations of their peers. This will contribute to the total 10% allocated for the oral presentation.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMark Green
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x one hour lecture/tute per week; 1 x four hour practical class/research laboratory-based research work time per week; one 4 hour excursion late in the semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 July 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours Students are strongly encouraged to attend all lectures and pracs.

Additional delivery details

An enrolment quota of 40 students applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, enrolment deadlines and selection preferences, refer to the Faculty of Science website: http://science.unimelb.edu.au/students/course-planning-and-advice

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory and field activities

Further information

Last updated: 2 August 2019