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PP3203 - Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2010
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

Physiological and cellular mechanisms controlling reproductive and endocrinological processes in humans, laboratory and domestic animals including hormone synthesis, adrenal and reproductive endocrinology, neuroendocrinology and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal interactions, sperm biology and fertilisation, embryonic development, uterine biology and pregnancy, parturition, the postpartum period, immunology of reproduction, the new reproductive technologies and environmental influences on reproduction.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate advanced concepts of endocrinology particularly as it relates to reproductive physiology and biology;
  • appreciate current developments in understanding physiological processes involved in reproduction;
  • appreciate the scientific basis for improving or controlling fertility in humans, domestic, and wild animals;
  • describe the features of the reproductive organs and be able to assess sperm function, fertilisation and early embryonic development;
  • understand the application of new reproductive technologies;
  • understand the physiology and biology of reproduction in mammals, in particular the comparative similarities and differences between humans, laboratory and major domestic animals.
Prerequisites: (BZ1020 and ZL1001) or (PP2101 and PP2201)


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2010
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (25%).

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