Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Jansen & A/Prof Peter Temple-Smith


Builds on earlier course work concerning the basic mechanisms in reproductive biology. Demonstrating to students how the knowledge of the basic mechanisms can be applied to key problems in reproductive health. Disorders of sexual development and the normal processes involved in puberty and the menopause plus reproductive toxicology are covered. Key elements of sexually transmitted disease and the HIV pandemic discussions will provide the student with the pathological processes involved in these disorders. Reproductive disorders covered include the common reproductive cancers, menstrual disorders, infertility and erectile dysfunction.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. have a thorough understanding of the disorders of sexual development and the normal processes involved in puberty and the menopause;
  2. understand the key elements in the transfer of sexually transmitted disease and the HIV pandemic;
  3. be familiar with the mechanisms involved in reproductive cancers, menstrual disorders, erectile dysfunction and infertility, the current approaches to the management of these disorders, and the implications of these disorders for the health industry'
  4. have the ability to communicate this knowledge.


Open-book written examination (1.5 hours): 60%
Literature review (5000 words): 30%
Oral presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

Contact hours

This unit will be held over six weeks in the second semester. Students are required to attend all lectures and tutorials. Student are also required to present an oral presentation.