6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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- Second semester 2017 (Day)
This unit begins with an introduction to embryonic stem cell biology and pluripotency. This will be followed by the characteristics and basic biology of newborn and adult stem cells. Subsequently inducible pluripotent stem cells will be introduced. The characteristics, anatomical location and clinical relevance of stem cells in specific tissues are then described, including haematopoiesis, kidney, gut, prostate, limb regeneration and immune, nervous and reproductive systems / mechanisms of fertility and infertility. Students also conduct a research project in stem cells and developmental biology. Two moderated classroom discussions on commercialisation, recent technological advances, and/or regulatory and ethical issues of stem cell research and clinical treatments are also included.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Describe the basic biology of embryonic and induced pluripotential stem cells;
- Describe the basic biology of newborn, adult and tissue-specific stem cells and the status of research into their characterisation and their role in health and disease;
- Explain current and potential future applications of stem cell therapies for the regeneration of diseased organs and how stem cells can be combined with factors and materials and nanotechnology to engineer replacement tissues;
- Demonstrate practical laboratory skills and interpretation of scientific data in contemporary reproductive biology and/or stem cell research;
- Outline the controversies surrounding the commercialisation and ethics of stem cell research and advances and requirements for clinical treatments;
- Demonstrate critical and independent thinking in the synthesis of a research report and scientific presentation.
Mini-poster presentation on the laboratory placement research project: 20%
Mid-semester exam: 10%
Written report on one of the issues covered by the moderated discussions: 10%
Examination (2 hours): 60% (Hurdle)
This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy-2017.html) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.
Two lectures per week. 15 hours research placement in a stem cell research laboratory (over 7 weeks): Two 3-hour moderated class discussions, one 3-hour wet practical class.
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