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PHY3082 - Developmental physiology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor Stuart Hooper


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Provides an overview of physiological processes involved in embryonic and fetal development, and the role of the placenta in pregnancy and parturition. The unit will consider the structure, development and maturation of the major organ systems in the fetus, and the means by which the fetus is able to adapt to alterations in its environment. The unit reviews the physiology of parturition (birth), the physiological changes in the fetus during the transition at birth, and the consequences of prematurity and postmaturity. The major physiological changes occurring in the mother during pregnancy are also dealt with.


In-semester assessment will consist of oral presentations and/or practical reports/ project assignments: 40%
Written theory examination (2 hours): 60%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week


Any two of PHY2011, PHY2021 and PHY2032, or both BMS1052 and BMS2031 or BND2011, or permission