Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and discuss in detail the disorders of sexual development and the normal processes involved in puberty and the menopause;
  2. identify and explain the key elements in the transfer of sexually transmitted disease and the HIV pandemic;
  3. outline 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. communicate confidently and effectively the knowledge gained in this unit.


Examination (2.25h) (50%)
Research project oral presentation (25%)
Minor project research plan (1,500 words) (25%)

Workload requirements

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.

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