MCE5201 - Practical: ART laboratory processes (advanced embryology) - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 3, 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
Duc Huynh

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

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


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


This unit will build on the assisted reproduction technology (ART) practical skills gained in MCE5112.

Hands-on practical tuition will enable students to gain an appreciation for more advanced embryology skills. Using a murine model, students will gain competency in embryo vitrification, embryo warming and micromanipulation (intracytoplasmic sperm injection [ICSI] and biopsy).

Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key ART processes though both practical and written assessments. Associated laboratory skills such as laboratory etiquette, working as a group, liquid nitrogen training 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 embryo vitrification and warming laboratory skills
  2. Demonstrate micromanipulation laboratory skills (ICSI and biopsy)
  3. Apply skills in following standard operating procedures (SOPs) and written laboratory instructions
  4. Demonstrate OHSE skills to ensure safe working in the laboratory
  5. Use laboratory equipment and consumables (including liquid nitrogen and micromanipulators) appropriately to optimise laboratory results
  6. Appreciate how laboratory environment and operator technique can impact 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: vitrification (4 hours total) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Written laboratory report: vitrification (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Practical laboratory skills: ICSI (40%) (hurdle)
  • Written reflection of biopsy workshop (1,000 words) (10%)

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 2 (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 clinical to complete or gain credit for MCE5201 or they will need to attend face-to-face.

During some practical blocks, daily attendance will be required.

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