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Area/Catalogue
BIOL 3034

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
105683

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s

Second Semester
(Study Period 5)

Course aim

To raise student awareness of self and community reproductive health and disease by providing an in depth and updated knowledge of reproductive and developmental physiology and to foster critical thinking and appraisal of cutting edge research in the field.

Course content

The oocyte and embryo: Genetic sex determination; Differentiation of two sexes; Fertilization; epigenetics; genetic imprinting; implantation and establishment of placenta;
Maternal Response to conception: maternal recognition and support of pregnancy (hormonal and immunity).
Infertility and Ageing: Causes of male and female infertility; assisted reproductive technologies and cloning; hormonal contraception; menopause and male ageing.
Fetal growth and well-being: Fetal metabolism; Development and maturation of fetal systems – Cardiovascular system; Respiratory system; Gastrointestinal system; Renal system; Nervous system.
Maternal health during pregnancy: Maternal obesity; gestational diabetes; drug use and abuse.
Parturition: Control of labour; birth and its pathologies.

Textbook(s)

Richard Harding, Alan D Bocking (editors) 2001, Fetal Growth and Development, Cambridge University Press

Prerequisite(s)

Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
BIOL 2035 Physiology

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Workshop 2 hours x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
Quiz - 20% 1 hour
Research Poster 1000 words 20% -
Examination - 60% 3 hours

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.1250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

Course Coordinators

School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Dr Kirsty Warnes arrow-small-right
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

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