The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


Content

  1. Endocrine system and principles of control

 

  1. Hypothalamus and pituitary
  2. Steroid hormones
  3. Signal transduction

 

  1. Molecular mechanisms of early development

 

  1. Sexual differentiation

 

  1. Development of gonads
  2. Development of accessory organs & characteristics

 

  1. Gamete development and fertilization

 

  1. Reproductive strategies

 

  1. Female sexual cycles and adaptations
  2. Strategies of sperm production

Requisite

Students must have successfully completed BIOL2020 to be enrolled in this course.


Assumed knowledge

BIOL3020Reproductive Physiology and DevelopmentProvides 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.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019BIOL1001 and BIOL1002

Endocrine system and principles of control 

Hypothalamus and pituitary

Steroid hormones

Signal transduction 

Molecular mechanisms of early development 

Sexual differentiation 

Development of gonads

Development of accessory organs & characteristics 

Gamete development and fertilization 

Reproductive strategies 

Female sexual cycles and adaptations

Strategies of sperm production YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Developed an appreciation for the scientific philosophy associated with research in biological sciences.2An understanding of the molecular mechanisms of early development3An understanding of the mechanisms involved in sexual differentiation.4An understanding of the processes involved in the specialization of gametes5An understanding of the processes and adaptations involved in achieving fertilization.6An understanding of how reproductive processes are regulated by the endocrine system.7Learnt how to carry out physiological studies in the laboratory.8The ability to interpret physiological data critically.9The skills to write a laboratory report. Students must have successfully completed BIOL2020 to be enrolled in this course.Formal Examination: Examination: Formal *Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises & Reports ** This assessment has a compulsory requirement.CallaghanLaboratoryFace to Face On Campus7hour(s)per Week for6Weeks0LectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:General Course Requirements:Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.Students must participate in all scheduled laboratory sessions.Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction.Course Assessment Requirements:Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.Students must submit all lab reports.Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.Students must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the laboratory assessments to demonstrate that they have acquired the practical skills required to meet course objectives 7, 8 & 9.Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.Students must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the final examination to demonstrate that they have acquired the theoretical knowledge and to meet course objectives 1-6.


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises & Reports *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must participate in all scheduled laboratory sessions.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must submit all lab reports.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the laboratory assessments to demonstrate that they have acquired the practical skills required to meet course objectives 7, 8 & 9.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the final examination to demonstrate that they have acquired the theoretical knowledge and to meet course objectives 1-6.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term