GRS4104 - Reproductive health and fertility regulations - 2019

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

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 0101, M5010


This unit builds on earlier course work allowing the basic mechanisms of reproductive biology to be applied to key problems in reproductive health and fertility regulation. Sexual and reproductive disorders will be discussed in the context of public health and regulation.

Key elements of sexually transmitted diseases will be described to provide students with pathological and epidemiological perspectives.

Regulating the size of a population and the rate of population growth will be considered, with the current trends in population growth and the policies introduced in countries to regulate this growth explored.

The methods that men and women can apply to regulate their own fertility will be compared.


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

  1. Explain in detail the disorders of sexual development and the normal processes involved in puberty and menopause
  2. Identify key elements in the transfer of sexually transmitted disease
  3. Recognise the mechanisms involved in reproductive cancers, menstrual disorders, erectile dysfunction and infertility
  4. Appraise current approaches to the management of reproductive disorders
  5. Identify and discuss the trends and policies for fertility regulation within populations
  6. Critically evaluate the methods available to women and men to regulate their own fertility


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Examination (2 hours) (40%)
  • PeerWise (5%)
  • Creative thinking team assignment (20 minutes presentation) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Contraception case study in iSAP (1,500 words) (15%)

Workload requirements

This unit will be held over six weeks in the second semester. Students are required to attend all lectures and tutorials. Student are also required to present an oral presentation.

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