GRS4102 - Gonadal development and function - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith


Dr Kiri Beilby

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


The development and differentiation of the male and female reproductive systems and potential disorders are examined in this unit. Cellular and whole organ events involved in gonadal development and function are taught, using comparative animal models, and differences between the male and female, to highlight these events.


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

  1. Explain apoptosis and its role in reproduction
  2. Define the concepts underpinning sex determination in animals
  3. Describe embryonic stem cells and the male and female germ cell lineage
  4. Explain gonadal development and differentiation
  5. Contrast the development and differentiation of the male and female tract
  6. Identify disorders of sex determination


  • Essay (2,000 words) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Quiz (20%)
  • Abnormal sex determination case study in iSAP (1,500 words) (40%) (hurdle)

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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