MCE5100 - Biology of reproduction - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 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 Sally Catt


Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith
Dr Sally Catt

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • First semester (extended) 2019 (On-campus)
  • First semester (extended) 2019 (Online)
  • Second semester (extended) 2019 (Online)


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 1250, M60018, M6006


This unit will provide students with the foundations of mammalian embryology. Theoretical information about the components of the male and female reproductive system from germ cell origin to birth, including genetic and epigenetic regulation will be presented.

Key features of oogenesis, folliculogenesis and spermatogenesis, embryo development, gastrulation, implantation and placentation will be discussed. Current controversies in the assisted reproductive technology (ART) field will be integrated into the unit.


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

  1. Identify the anatomical, hormonal and molecular components of the male and female reproductive system
  2. Summarise the processes regulating implantation and placental development and function
  3. Describe the origins of gametes and preimplantation embryos, including genetic and epigenetic regulation
  4. Describe stem cell generation and their clinical application
  5. Apply written and verbal strategies to communicate fundamental principles of the reproductive system
  6. Critically analyse current ART literature in relation to current controversies in the field


  • Written exam (2 hours) (55%) (hurdle)
  • Literature review (2500 words) (35%)
  • Journal comparison (500 words) (5%)
  • Peerwise (5%)

Workload requirements

For on-campus students, this unit is conducted over the first four weeks in Semester 1.

It is expected that students attended all lectures and tutorials associated with this unit.

Expect 18 hours per week of directed and self-directed learning over a four week block.

For off-campus students, the unit can be completed Semester 1 or 2, with all material accessible online during semester.

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