MCE5112 - Practical: ART laboratory processes (embryology/andrology) - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 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)

Dr Mulyoto Pangestu


Penny Chen

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

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


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


This unit will introduce students to an assisted reproduction technology (ART) education laboratory.

Hands-on practical tuition will enable students to gain key embryology and andrology skills and a platform for applying the theoretical knowledge from MCE5103 and MCE5105.

Using a murine model, students will gain competency in basic embryology skills (embryo handling, gamete preparation, IVF, embryo culture and embryo grading).

Using human semen samples, basic andrology skills (diagnostic and therapeutic) will be taught. Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key ART processes though both practical and written assessments. Associated laboratory skills such as microscopy skills, laboratory etiquette, working as a group, media making and writing laboratory reports will be included in the teaching of this unit.

Note; dissecting mice and attending the animal house for gamete and embryo collection is optional for students.


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

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in basic embryology laboratory skills
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in basic andrology laboratory skills
  3. Apply skills in following standard operating procedures (SOPs) and written laboratory instructions
  4. Apply OHSE skills and knowledge to ensure safe work practices in the laboratory
  5. Use laboratory equipment and consumables (including culture media) appropriately to optimise embryo development
  6. Identify embryo developmental milestones and the concept of 'on time' embryo development
  7. Propose solutions when laboratory troubleshooting is initiated
  8. Create laboratory reports that demonstrate effective scientific communication skills
  9. Demonstrate appropriate laboratory behaviour regarding teamwork and laboratory etiquette.


  • Practical laboratory skills: IVF (4 hours total) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Written laboratory reports: IVF (15%)
  • Practical laboratory skills: andrology (90 minutes) (15%)
  • Written laboratory report: andrology (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Practical laboratory skills: embryo culture and handling (5%)
  • Written laboratory reports: embryo culture and handling (15%)

Workload requirements

This is a practical based unit, with a high number of contact hours for hands-on training.

For on-campus students, this unit is conducted throughout all of Semester 1 (18 weeks), with up to 16 hours per week of directed and self-directed learning. It is expected that students attended all practical sessions and tutorials associated with this unit.

Off-campus students need to be working in an ART clinic to complete or br credited for MCE5112 or they will need to attend face-to-face.

During some teaching periods daily attendance will be required.

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