Reproductive and Developmental Biology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reproductive and Developmental Biology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Human Biology, Life Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CELS 191 and HUBS 192 and CHEM 191

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Reproductive biology, encompassing hormone regulation, sperm and oocyte development, and pregnancy. Core concepts of developmental biology, including how the major body systems of an animal form from a fertilised egg.

    This course begins with the biology of the male and female reproductive systems including infertility and current reproductive technologies. We follow through the pregnancy process, studying how the female body adapts to pregnancy and lactation. How an adult animal is produced from a single fertilised egg is outlined including development of all the major organs, with an emphasis on understanding vertebrate development and disease.

    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on-campus.

    Course Structure.
    Module 1: Control of Fertility
    Module 2: Establishment and Maintenance of Pregnancy
    Module 3: Developmental Biology

    Learning Outcomes
    Demonstrate an understanding of reproductive and developmental biology. This includes an appreciation of the anatomy and cell biology of the human reproductive systems and the associated endocrine systems.For developmental biology, this includes an understanding of the cellular and morphological events required for correct embryonic development from a single cell to an adult animal. Also:
    - Demonstrate a familiarity with the major theories concerning reproduction and development
    - Relate basic science to selected medical problems relating to fertility and development
    - Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical context of reproductive and developmental biology
    - Exhibit an awareness of the scientific process and demonstrate an ability to engage in critical and analytical thought at an elementary level

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