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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Renea Taylor



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Explores cutting-edge research in the detailed study of reproduction including hormonal control, ovarian and menstrual cycles, fertilization and reproductive diseases. The course considers how various physiological states such as body weight, stress and aging influence reproduction. 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:

  1. Describe the structures and functions of the endocrine system in the body;

  1. Explain the hormonal and neuronal control of male and female reproductive function;

  1. Explain the consequences of abnormal reproductive physiology and the associated diseases or pathologies;

  1. Communicate scientific information via a poster presentation or a written report;

  1. Critically evaluate the scientific literature and orally present current reproductive physiology research;

  1. Demonstrate physiology laboratory skills, including dissection, histology, data analysis and graphing;

  1. Work in groups to complete experimental projects and written scientific documents.


In-semester assessment will consist of written, oral and poster presentations: 45%
Mid-semester multiple choice examination: 5%
Written theory examination (2 hours): 50%
A pass in the final examination must be obtained to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


PHY2011 and PHY2032; or both BMS1052 and BMS2031; or at the discretion of the unit coordinator.