Reproductive Physiology

Subject BIOL30001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures and 6 tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours


25 points selected from

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

Students with equivalent alternative backgrounds should discuss their options with the coordinator.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

BIOL30001 Reproduction (prior to 2013)

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Mark Green


Subject Overview:

Topics will include structure, function, and development of the reproductive organs; endocrine and neuroendocrine and environmental control of reproduction, fertilisation, pregnancy, parturition and lactation in humans and other animals; reproductive diseases and disorders; assisted reproductive technologies; and reproduction in a community and global perspective.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject aims to give students of science and biomedical science a solid foundation in human and animal reproductive biology and its applications. Students will be provided with a curriculum informed by current research and addressing a basic understanding of the principles and processes of reproductive biology, the biological bases of reproductive disorders and diseases, assisted reproductive technologies and reproduction in a global context. Students will gain experience in learning how to search the primary scientific literature.

By the completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the structure and function of male and female reproductive systems;
  • understand neuroendocrine and endocrine control systems and their role in the regulation of reproductive processes;
  • understand some common reproductive disorders and diseases and assisted reproductive techniques; and
  • be aware of implications of reproduction in a community and global context.
  • Weekly online quizzes held throughout the semester, approximately 20-40 minutes each (40%)
  • Mid-semester test, 50 minutes (15%)
  • 2-hour written examination (45%)
Prescribed Texts:

M H Johnson, Essential Reproduction 7th Ed, Blackwell Publishing.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

This subject builds upon existing generic skills, including an ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge from the literature, and an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate and communicate what has been learned. Students should develop their abilities to evaluate scientific evidence critically, and to apply the information to broader contexts. Students will be exposed to consideration of implications of reproduction beyond the narrow confines of scientific research including community and global perspectives. Students will increase their skills in cooperative teamwork through group discussions and peer review.


This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Animal Cell Biology (specialisation of Cell and Developmental Biology major)
Biotechnology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Cell Biology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Molecular Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Reproduction and Development (specialisation of Cell and Developmental Biology major)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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