The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide students with an overview of the biomolecular, cellular, genetic, physiological and anatomical aspects of reproductive 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 (gametes) are made; fertilisation achieved; and successful pregnancy initiated, maintained and stopped at birth. 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 key focus of this course.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the endocrine control of reproduction

2. Compare male and female reproductive development in humans

3. Outline the maturation process of both male and female gametes from early embryonic development to puberty

4. Describe the processes of fertilisation, implantation and early embryo development

5. Describe factors limiting human fertility, and how they can be overcome

6. Discuss a variety of diseases affecting human reproductive health and development

7. Describe the endocrinology of pregnancy and factors affecting timing of gestation

8. Examine and critique current research findings relating to the topics covered in this course


This course will cover topics in reproductive development and growth including:

1. Endocrinology

2. Male and Female Reproductive Development

3. Biology and Development of Gametes

4. Fertilisation, Implantations and Early Embryo Development

5. Disease of the Reproductive System

6. Infertility and Assisted Reproduction

7. Fetal Development and Placental Function

8. Gestation and Birth

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1 and HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2 or similar

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Minitests (x5)

In Term Test: Mid Semester Test

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.