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.
- 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.
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:
- Demonstrate embryo vitrification and warming laboratory skills
- Demonstrate micromanipulation laboratory skills (ICSI and biopsy)
- Apply skills in following standard operating procedures (SOPs) and written laboratory instructions
- Demonstrate OHSE skills to ensure safe working in the laboratory
- Use laboratory equipment and consumables (including liquid nitrogen and micromanipulators) appropriately to optimise laboratory results
- Appreciate how laboratory environment and operator technique can impact embryo development
- Propose solutions when laboratory troubleshooting is initiated
- Create laboratory reports that demonstrate effective scientific communication skills
- 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%)
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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