Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Peter Freeman


Reproduction and maintenance will examine several systems, with emphasis on anatomical structure, and physiological control mechanisms. The unit will consist of four themed sections: Recognition of Self; Reproductive System; Embryonic Development, and Nutrient Acquisition and Waste Elimination. The unit will also explore interactions between systems in the maintenance of homeostasis. Laboratory and workshop classes are divided into two streams: the human/medical stream or the animal/veterinary stream; students select the stream appropriate to their study program and interests.


Upon completion of the unit the students will be able to:

  1. Explain the mechanisms which allow recognition of self and non-self in mammals;
  2. Relate the structure of the reproductive system to the functions of gametogenesis and fertilisation;
  3. Explain how the endocrine system controls reproductive function in the male and the female and how these control mechanism may be manipulated to aid reproduction;
  4. Describe the process of implantation and embryogenesis;
  5. Describe the major changes in embryonic development in early pregnancy;
  6. Discuss the development of foetal circulatory and respiratory systems and describe the changes that take place in the natal and post-natal period; discuss maternal adaptations to pregnancy;
  7. Relate the control of the digestive system to digestive, absorptive, and metabolic functions;
  8. Explain the function of the renal system in the maintenance the body's fluid and electrolyte balance and the extracellular volume;
  9. Evaluate the interactions of the respiratory and renal systems in the maintenance of the extracellular pH;
  10. Develop skills in the measurement of physiological parameters and the collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of experimental data;
  11. Communicate effectively via written, verbal and visual/graphic means.


Quizzes: 10%
Workshop assessment: 30%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour workshop/laboratory per week

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

A two day workshop/laboratory session

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



BIO2721 and BIO2722