MCE5101 - Infertility treatment strategies - 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)

Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith


Sally Catt
Emma Lingham

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

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


Must be enrolled in the following course code: 2309, M6010


This unit will provide information about the major causes of male and female infertility.

Hormonal stimulation protocols will be compared in reference to general infertility patients and patients with specific treatment needs. Students will gain an appreciation for the patient journey towards accessing fertility treatment.

Measures used to determine the success of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) will be analysed from the perspective of all involved parties, such as scientists, doctors, patients and business owners. Utilising an awareness of infertility causes and treatment options, students will critically review a contemporary scientific paper relating to infertility management.

By designing an educational video, students will gain empathy towards patients accessing ART treatment.


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

  1. Discuss male and female causes of infertility
  2. Compare hormonal stimulation protocols utilised in ART
  3. Explain the different treatment strategies associated with infertility
  4. Describe the treatment options for patients with specific infertility causes
  5. Identify the support systems available to patients undergoing ART treatment
  6. Create an innovative way of communicating scientific information to patients new to the ART process
  7. Use appropriate statistics to analyse data in reproductive science


  • Written exam (2 hours) (55%) (hurdle)
  • Oral video presentation [group] (20 minutes) (20%)
  • Statistics in ART assignment (1500 words) (20%)
  • Peerwise MCQ (5%)

Workload requirements

For on-campus students, this unit is conducted over four weeks in Semester 1. It is expected that students attended all lectures and tutorials associated with this unit.

For off-campus students all material is accessible online during Semester 1.

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

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