The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2021
Course code

HUBS3511

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course explores the biology and physiology of reproduction and pregnancy, encompassing how sperm and eggs are made; the events that result in fertilisation and conception; and how a baby develops and is born. The course will focus only on mammals with an emphasis on humans.


Availability

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the biology and physiology of reproduction, conception, and fetal development

2. Compare male and female reproductive development in humans and describe the maturation process of both male and female gametes from early embryonic development to puberty

3. Outline the placental development and function

4. Describe the endocrinology of reproduction and pregnancy

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 stages of labour and discuss birth-related complications

8. Discuss factors contributing to abnormal fetal development

9. Describe and apply biomedical perspectives related to fertility, pregnancy, birth and perinatology including an awareness of the latest technological advances

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

11. Convey complex biomedical information using language that an average non-professional can understand


Content

  1. The biology of reproduction
  2. The physiology of reproduction
  3. Conception and embryonic development
  4. Reproductive Disorders and Diseases
  5. Contraception and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  6. Foetal development
  7. Placental and fetal membrane function
  8. Birth
  9. Pregnancy and placental complications
  10. Neonatal physiology
  11. Maternal physiology during pregnancy
  12. Technological advances in Reproductive medicine - bench to bedside translational research

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1403 and HUBS1404 – content relating to reproductive hormones and the menstrual cycle


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1: Educational Resource

Quiz: Online Test x 6

Written Assignment: Assignment 2 : Report

Formal Examination: Formal Examination


Contact hours

Online

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks