MCE5105 - Theory: ART laboratory processes (andrology) - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Chief examiner(s)

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 M6010


This unit will focus on diagnostic and therapeutic andrology procedures and their utilisation in an ART setting. Students will learn about conventionally measured features of semen in order to determine the clinical thresholds distinguishing fertile, sub-fertile and infertile patients.

Currently marketed novel analysis and preparation techniques will be critically analysed for their clinical effectiveness. The theory behind sperm preparation for intrauterine insemination, conventional IVF and ICSI with both fresh and frozen sperm will be discussed.

Preparation of sperm from testicular and epididymal surgical extraction will be compared to ejaculate preparation. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge on andrology to a clinical case study and make clinical assessments of human semen samples via an online platform.


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

  1. Evaluate how a diagnostic semen analysis reflects clinical significance.
  2. Critique the key components of conventional and novel sperm preparation and cryopreservation techniques.
  3. Identify treatment strategies for male infertility patients based on andrology parameters.
  4. Critique surgical sperm extraction and preparation techniques of testicular and epididymal samples.
  5. Apply andrology concepts to determine diagnoses in clinical case studies.


  • Andrology case study (iSAP) (2000 words in total ) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Written andrology assignment (2000 words ) (35%)
  • Online quiz (25%)

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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