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GRS1002 - Gonadal development and function

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Kate Loveland


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Cellular and whole organ events involved in reproductive endocrinology and development, and the interactions between the reproductive organs are covered in this unit. The development and differentiation of the male and female reproductive systems through the examination of oocyte and follicular development; ovarian cycles including oestrous and menstrual cycles; testicular function and cell/cell interactions in the testis and fertilisation are also taught. Students will also undertake a research project to gain experience in planning projects and reporting findings.


On completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. acquired a basic theoretical background and knowledge about the cellular and whole organ events involved in reproductive endocrinology, and development, and the interactions between the reproductive organs;
  2. put into practice current concepts relating to animal and human ethics, laboratory safety, use of library facilities and critical analysis of scientific journals;
  3. gained experience in research laboratory practices in reproductive biology;
  4. developed their skills in report writing and the presentation of scientific data.


Open-book written examination (1.5 hours): 50%
Literature review (3000 words): 25%
Written project report in the form of a scientific paper: 15%
Oral Critical Journal Review: 10%

Contact hours

This unit will be held over 3 weeks in first semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and journal review sessions. In addition attendance is required from 9 am to 5 pm for a one week practical laboratory project.