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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - 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 Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Belinda Henry


Explores cutting-edge research in the detailed study of reproduction (hormonal control, sexual differentiation and development, ovarian and menstrual cycles, fertilization, embryonic development and loss, pregnancy and parturition) and considers population control and new reproductive technologies, such as stem cells and cloning, and their impact on society. Details current research ideas on normal function and dysfunction in this area, and new technologies. Emphasis is on assisted self-directed learning and project based learning.


On completion of this unit students will be able to examine the role of hormones in the regulation of physiological processes and their interaction at the cellular and whole animal level; critically examine our understanding of the factors controlling male and female reproductive function and how this can be manipulated; provide an understanding of legal, ethical and religious attitudes to assisted reproductive technologies and the regulation of reproduction.


In-semester assessment will consist of oral presentations and/or 2000 word reports on projects and/or assignments/posters: 50%
Written theory examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Belinda Henry

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


PHY3022, PHY3042, PHY3052