Mammalian Growth & Development

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. 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.

Content

  1. 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

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1 and HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Online Minitests (x2)

In Term Test: Mid Semester Tests (x2)

Formal Examination: Final Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks