Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDSCI 731 - Advanced Reproductive Biology

15 Points

Semester 2


MEDSCI 731 focuses on recent scientific advances in the field of human reproductive biology.  In particular, it aims to take a research-based approach to allow students to develop an appreciation of the how our understanding of normal and pathological aspects of human reproductive biology have developed, where advances in this field may take us in the future, and the ethical implications and considerations of human reproductive technologies.

Specific topics taught on the course include the role of stem cells in reproduction, spermatogenesis and male factor infertility, the endometrium and endometriosis, premature menopause, and in vitro fertilisation.  The course is taught by Dr Jo James, Dr Lynsey Cree, Prof. Cris Print, Prof. Andrew Shelling and Prof. Larry Chamley, who each bring their own research topics of interest to life.

MEDSCI 731 is assessed by a combination of three tools: 1) a critical literature review; 2) a seminar presentation that forms part of a student-led workshop organised around a theme(s) of interest identified by the class; and 3) a final exam. 


Prerequisite: 15 points from MEDSCI 312, 313, BIOSCI 351, 353, 356

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