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GRS1003 - Pregnancy and parturition

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Ursula Manuelpillai


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


All aspects of human pregnancy from implantation to the puerperium. Unit taught by both basic and clinical scientists, thereby affording the student an appreciation of the close integration between the disciplines. The module will be taught in four sections: implantation and placentation, the foetus, the mother and politics of pregnancy.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. gained an overview and an understanding of the pathophysiology of human pregnancy in terms of both the mother and her foetus. Students will understand the processes regulating implantation and placental development and function, goetal growth and development, neonatal adaptation, maternal adaptation to pregnancy and puerperal changes and the regulation of parturition;
  2. become familiar with common aberrations in normal physiology and development including foetal abnormality and prenatal diagnosis, recurrent miscarriage, pregnancy hypertension, preterm labour, puerperal disorders and neonatal care;
  3. become aware of some of the key unanswered questions in perinatal research and gain an understanding of the research strategies capable of affording new developments;
  4. acquired an understanding of the theory and practice of the laboratory techniques of dispersed cell culture and immunohistochemistry.


Open-book written examination (1.5 hours): 50%
Literature review (3000 words): 25%
Written project report in the form of a scientific paper: 15%
one oral presentation of the practical project: 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.