Reproductive Physiology and Development
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004
Provides a basic understanding of reproductive physiology and development in mammals for those students who wish to major in biology, cell and molecular biology, biotechnology or environmental science. The course focuses on: the processes involved in the production of gametes and how their development is synchronized in males and females to achieve fertilization. Within this context, the course considers: the processes involved in sexual differentiation; the specialization of the male and female gametes and how they achieve fertilization and subsequent development; and the reproductive strategies which have been adopted in order to achieve fertilization and birth at the most suitable times of the year. The roles of the endocrine system and signal transduction processes in controlling reproduction are examined. Topical examples of reproductive adaptations and technologies are considered, such as the evolution of reproduction in humans, the development of contraceptive methods for humans and pest animals, and clonal technologies.
This course has compulsory course component and students must participate in all scheduled laboratory sessions and submit all lab reports and obtain an overall passing grade of at least 50% in the laboratory assessment..
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.
On successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. Developed an appreciation for the scientific philosophy associated with research in biological sciences.
2. An understanding of the molecular mechanisms of early development
3. An understanding of the mechanisms involved in sexual differentiation.
4. An understanding of the processes involved in the specialization of gametes
5. An understanding of the processes and adaptations involved in achieving fertilization.
6. An understanding of how reproductive processes are regulated by the endocrine system.
7. Learnt how to carry out physiological studies in the laboratory.
8. The ability to interpret physiological data critically.
9. The skills to write a laboratory report.
1. Endocrine system and principles of control
a) Hypothalamus and pituitary
b) Steroid hormones
c) Signal transduction
2. Molecular mechanisms of early development
3. Sexual differentiation
a) Development of gonads
b) Development of accessory organs & characteristics
4. Gamete development and fertilization
5. Reproductive strategies
a) Female sexual cycles and adaptations
b) Strategies of sperm production
BIOL1001 and BIOL1002
Modes of Delivery
Laboratory: for 7 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term