Subject 654-304 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures and 24 hours practical/tutorials
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.

25 points selected from 654-203, 654-202, 208-202, 208-207, 536-201, 536-202, 536-211, 536-233, 516-201, 516-207, 521-213, 536-250. Equivalent subjects may be accepted with the permission of the coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Credit cannot be gained for both this subject and any of 654-314 (prior to 2005), 654-324, 208-325.

Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Geoff Shaw
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 vertebrates; and human intervention in the reproductive process.


This subject aims to give students of science and biomedical science a solid foundation in reproductive biology and its applications. By the completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the modern experimental approaches of reproductive physiology and assisted reproductive techniques;

  • understand and be able to apply selected methods used in reproductive physiology, including surgery;

  • understand the structure and function of male and female reproductive systems; and

  • understand neuroendocrine and endocrine control systems and their role in the regulation of reproductive processes.


A critical review of published journal articles totalling up to 1000 words and a group oral presentation due during the semester (15%); laboratory work, worksheets and up to three practical reports totalling up to 3000 words due during the semester (35%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (50%).

Prescribed Texts: Essential Reproduction (M H Johnson and B J Everitt), 5th edn, Blackwells
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 observation and the literature, and an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate and communicate results. Students should acquire the basic skills required to make and record scientific observations, and evaluate data in an objective manner as part of practical class report writing. They will be encouraged to access information from the primary scientific literature, through both electronic and traditional sources, and to develop the skills needed to produce scientific reports that are succinct, clear and completed on time. They should develop their abilities to evaluate scientific evidence critically, to formulate hypotheses, and be alert to alternative explanations. Students should also improve their skills in dissection and gain first-hand experience in the use of experimental animal surgery.

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Experiments involving the use of animals are an essential part of this subject: exemption is not possible.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biotechnology
Reproduction and Development

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