GRS4103 - Pregnancy and parturition - 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)

Dr Kiri Beilby


Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit will examine all aspects of human pregnancy from implantation to the puerperium. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of implantation and placentation, the fetus and pathophysiological changes within the mother.


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

  1. Explain the pathophysiology of human pregnancy from both maternal and fetal perspectives
  2. Explain the processes regulating implantation and placental development and function.
  3. Describe fetal growth, development and the prenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormality
  4. Outline neonatal and maternal adaptation in the context of pregnancy
  5. Outline the regulation of parturition


  • Examination (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Pregnancy case study in iSAP (1,500 words) (30%)
  • Controversies essay (2,000 words) (30%)

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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