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GRS1001 - Introduction to reproductive endocrinology

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Mark Hedger


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


A theoretical and practical background to reproductive endocrinology. General organisation and regulation of the reproductive endocrine system, hormones produced by the pituitary, hypothalamus, ovary and testis and their respective interactions, their regulation and mode of action and the role of growth factors are covered. This unit provides an understanding of scientific investigation, the ability to critically evaluate developments in the reproductive sciences and discussion of the ethics involved in human and animal experimentation. Basic laboratory skills, tissue culture, reproductive endocrinology statistics are taught.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. acquired the basic theoretical background and practical knowledge about the components of the reproductive endocrine system;
  2. become familiar with current concepts relating to animal and human ethics, laboratory safety, use of library facilities and critical analysis of scientific journals;
  3. experience in current laboratory skills associated with research in reproductive biology;
  4. gained knowledge about, and experience in, the appropriate use of statistics to analyse data in reproductive science;
  5. demonstrated skills in report writing and the presentation of scientific data.


Open-book written examination (1.5 hours): 50%
3 written practical reports: 50%

Contact hours

This unit is conducted over six weeks in the first semester. For the first five weeks, students are required to attend lectures and practical session. It is expected that all students, including part-time students, attend all the lectures and practical classes from Week 1 to Week 6 inclusive.