Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

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


1.  The basics of reproduction

2.  Conception and embryonic development

3.  Reproductive disorders and diseases

4.  Contraception and Assisted Reproductive Technologies

5.  Fetal development

6.  Placental and fetal membrane function

7.  Maternal physiology during pregnancy

8.  Birth & Pregnancy complications

9.  Neonatal physiology

10. Technological advances in reproductive medicine




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 Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.