GRS4102 - Gonadal development and function - 2017

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

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Cellular and whole organ events involved in reproductive endocrinology and development, and the interactions between the reproductive organs are covered in this unit. The development and differentiation of the male and female reproductive systems through the examination of oocyte and follicular development; ovarian cycles including oestrous and menstrual cycles; testicular function and cell/cell interactions in the testis and fertilisation are also taught. Students will also undertake a research project to gain experience in planning projects and reporting findings.


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

  1. demonstrate a basic theoretical background and knowledge about the cellular and whole organ events involved in reproductive endocrinology, and development, and the interactions between the reproductive organs;
  2. describe and explain current concepts relating to animal and human ethics, laboratory safety, use of library facilities and critical analysis of scientific journals;
  3. develop research laboratory practices in reproductive biology;
  4. develop skills in report writing and the presentation of scientific data.


  • Examination (2.25 hours) (60% ) (Hurdle)
  • Critical review of a journal article 1 (20%)
  • Critical review of a journal article 2 (20%)

Workload requirements

This unit will be held over 3 weeks in first semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and journal review sessions. In addition attendance is required from 9 am to 5 pm for a one week practical laboratory project.

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