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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester (extended) 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester (extended) 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Adam Hart


This unit will provide students with an overview of the basic embryological knowledge that is essential for working in animal and human IVF laboratories. Theoretical information about germ cell migration, gametogenesis, fertilization, implantation, early embryo development to gastrulation, placentation and cell-cell interaction and differentiation, from a cellular, genetic and molecular perspective, will be presented and discussed in lectures, tutorials, forums and journal reviews.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand and be able to describe in detail the processes of spermatogenesis, hormonal control of reproduction and fertilization
  2. Understand and be able to describe the cellular, genetic and molecular aspects of embryonic development and differentiation to a level required by a human IVF program or a research laboratory
  3. Have gained and demonstrated an ability to critically and constructively analyse research data in cellular, genetic and molecular aspects of embryology;
  4. Have the ability to communicate this knowledge in a clear and effective style.


Presentation of journal review (25%)
Essay (35%)
Written examination (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

Contact hours

12 hours contact per week (lectures, tutorials, forums, self-directed study).