Mammalian Growth & Development

Course code HUBS2107Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the biomolecular, cellular, genetic, physiological and anatomical aspects of growth and development, from the creation of the germ cells in the developing embryo to reproductive senescence in the ageing adult. The course will examine how sperm and eggs are made; fertilization achieved; and a successful pregnancy initiated, maintained and stopped at parturition. Developmental principles will be studied. The course will focus only on mammals with an emphasis on humans. Current research findings and techniques will be a major feature of this course.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. To build the student's knowledge and understanding of the cellular, genetic, physiological and anatomical aspects of growth and development, from creation of the germ cells in the developing embryo to reproductive senescence in the ageing adult.
2. To develop an appreciation of the endocrine control of reproduction.
3. To develop an understanding of factors limiting human fertility, and how they can be overcome.
4. To develop an appreciation of the endocrinology of pregnancy and factors affecting timing of gestation.
5. To develop a good understanding of normal human mammalian embryology.
6. Develop critical research skills by examining research findings presented in class.
Content1. The Endocrine System and Reproductive Hormones
2. Spermatogenesis
3. Oogenesis
4. Fertilization
5. Implantation
6. Assisted Reproductive Techniques
7. Contraception
8. Pregnancy- hormonal control
9. The Placenta
10. Foetal growth and gestation
11. Parturition
12. Effect of Ageing on Reproductive Health
Replacing Course(s)From 2007 this course will replace HUBS3405 Mammalian Growth and Development 10 units
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1 and HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Seminar
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassAssessment during semester.
Examination: FormalEnd of semester examination.

Compulsory Course Component: In order to demonstrate that a student has fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures, students must satisfactorily pass the final examination in order to be able to pass the course overall. On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students will have feedback on their performance from in term assessment and will have had opportunities for remediation prior to the formal assessment so students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonstrate that a student has fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures, students must satisfactorily pass the final examination in order to be able to pass the course overall.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS2107