OB&GYNAE 3000 - Human Reproductive Health III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course presents major aspects of human reproductive biology and function and technologies. Students will obtain insights into current understanding of the developmental biology of reproduction in humans and the application of reproductive technology to human health and disease. Students will be introduced to the social, medical, scientific, moral and ethical issues associated with human reproduction and its regulation, in the control of fertility, treatment of infertility and other applications such as stem cell biology. Students will gain sufficient understanding to critically evaluate past, present and emerging methods of investigation and management of reproductive function. The topic will be introduced through focused studies of human population dynamics and the contribution of developmental biology to adult health. The biology and pathology of reproduction, fertilisation, implantation, embryonic and fetal growth and development and adaptation to pregnancy will be addressed, together with developmental programming of physiological fitness throughout life and the risk of cardiovascular and related diseases in humans. Understanding will be developed at the molecular, cellular and physiological levels, through lectures, problem-based learning, workshops, guided reading and literature analysis.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code OB&GYNAE 3000
    Course Human Reproductive Health III
    Coordinating Unit Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites ANAT SC 1102 & ANAT SC1103 or equivalent
    Assumed Knowledge PHYSIOL 2520 & ANAT SC 2109/3102 or equivalents
    Restrictions Available to MBBS, B Health Sc, B.Psych(Hons) students, B Sc students subject to approval by their Faculty
    Course Description This course presents major aspects of human reproductive biology and function and technologies. Students will obtain insights into current understanding of the developmental biology of reproduction in humans and the application of reproductive technology to human health and disease. Students will be introduced to the social, medical, scientific, moral and ethical issues associated with human reproduction and its regulation, in the control of fertility, treatment of infertility and other applications such as stem cell biology. Students will gain sufficient understanding to critically evaluate past, present and emerging methods of investigation and management of reproductive function. The topic will be introduced through focused studies of human population dynamics and the contribution of developmental biology to adult health. The biology and pathology of reproduction, fertilisation, implantation, embryonic and fetal growth and development and adaptation to pregnancy will be addressed, together with developmental programming of physiological fitness throughout life and the risk of cardiovascular and related diseases in humans. Understanding will be developed at the molecular, cellular and physiological levels, through lectures, problem-based learning, workshops, guided reading and literature analysis.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Gatford

    Course Coordinators contact details:
    Dr Kathyrn Gatford
    +61 8313 4158
    Kathy.gatford@adelaide.edu.au
    Room 629b Medical School North Level 6

    Additional Academic Staff (Lecture & workshop presenters):
    Professor Julie Owens
    +61 8313 4088
    Julie.owens@adelaide.edu.au
    Medical School South level 3

    Prof Ray Rodgers
    +61 8313 3932
    Raymond.rodgers@adelaide.edu.au
    Medical School North level 2
     
    A/Prof Mark Nottle
    +61 8313 4087
    Mark.nottle@adelaide.edu.au
    Medical School North level 6
     
    Dr Carmela Ricciardelli
    +61 8313 8255
    Carmela.ricciardelli@adelaide.edu.au
    Medical School South level 2
     
    A/Prof Michael Stark
    +61 8313 1325
    Michael.stark@adelaide.edu.au
    Women’s & Children’s Hospital
     
    Prof Claire Roberts
    +61 8313 3118
    Claire.roberts@adelaide.edu.au
    Medical School North level 6

    Dr Nicolette Hodyl
    +61 8313 1303
    Nicolette.hodyl@adelaide.edu.au
    Women’s & Children’s Hospital – Norwich building

    Dr Rosalie Grivell
    +61 8161 8506
    Rosalie.grivell@adelaide.edu.au
    Women’s & Children’s Hospital

    Prof Michael Davies
    +61 8313 6845
    Michael.davies@adelaide.edu.au
    Hughes Building North Terrace

    Prof Sarah Robertson
    +61 8313 4094
    Sarah.robertson@adelaide.edu.au
    Medical School North level 6
     
    Dr Michelle Lane
    +61 8313 8176
    Michelle.lane@adelaide.edu.au
    Medical School South level 2
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Explain the major aspects of human reproductive biology and function and the application of reproductive technology to human health and disease
    2 Explain how the knowledge of human reproductive physiology can be utilised in the investigation, management and treatment of reproductive disorders including infertility and pregnancy complications.
    3 Discuss ethical and social issues relevant to reproductive health and treatment.
    4 Utilise appropriate human reproductive biology terminology in written and oral form.
    5 Acquire, interpret, evaluate and synthesise scientific information from a wide variety of relevant sources in a planned and timely manner.
    6 Acknowledge and reference sources of information correctly.
    7 Present a scientific critique of information verbally in a group situation, and in written report form.
    8 Work effectively in groups and individually.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,5,7,8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5,7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Recommended textbooks are:
    Essential Reproduction 5th edition, 2000 by Johnson MH published by Blackwell.
    The Barr Smith Library has hard copies of this text available as well as electronically as an E-book.

    Llewellyn-Jones fundamentals of obstetrics and gynaecology 9th edition, 2010 by Oats J and Abraham S.
    The Barr Smith Library has hard copies of this text available.

    Online Learning

    Communications about the course will be via the announcements section on MyUni at www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au and/or by email. Please read the Announcements section and your email regularly to keep up to date. Additional course related material, including lecture and tutorial material and links to required resources/reading, plus topics for assignments will be available through MyUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures are supported by interactive workshops designed to develop and clarify topics covered in lectures. Independent reading and research is also required.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a 6 unit course, Human Reproductive Health III has a student workload of approximately 24 hours per week over the 13 weeks of Semester (total 312 hours; See section 24 of the Coursework academic policy. This equates to:

    • 3 contact hours per week (lecture and workshop attendance)
    • 6 hours per week on assignments
    • 15 hours per week on preparation for workshops and lectures, including readings and private study for exam revision.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Each week of the course covers an aspect of human reproductive health in lectures & workshops. Topics will include:
    · population growth and approaches to contraception
    · gametogenesis, fertilisation, stem cells and cloning
    · current and future developments in human assisted reproductive technologies (art)
    · the placenta in health and disease
    · infertility
    · hormone dependent cancer
    · pregnancy complications
    · the role of the immune system in reproduction
    · prematurity and perinatal care
    · life course epidemiology and chronic disease risk
    · male fertility
    · early life programming of health and disease
    · assessing the quality of evidence in clinical medicine
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

     

    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Assignment 1 Summative/Formative 15% 1-8
    Assignment 2 Summative/Formative 15% 1-8
    Assignment 3 Summative 15% 1-8
    Workshop contribution Summative 15% (7.5% participation, 7.5% peer assessment) 4, 5, 7, 8
    End of semester written examination Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    TOTAL 100  
    Assessment Related Requirements

    A minimum mark of 45% in the exam is required to pass the course. Students must receive an overall grade of 50% in order to pass the course.

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment is based on written assignments, workshop contributions and a written examination

    1. There are 3 written assignments (2000 word limit) each contributing 15% of the final grade. Students choose one of four questions, each based on a topic covered during lectures and workshops.

    2. Workshop participation contributes 15% of the final grade, and includes up to 8% based on peer assessment of contribution.

    3. An end of semester examination (3 hour written paper) comprises 40% of the final grade. It aims to examine the depth of a student’s understanding of the topics that have been covered during the semester in lectures and workshops and reading material.

    All assessments are summative. Feedback and marks will be returned to students within 3 weeks of submission of each assignment, in order to provide formative feedback for assignments 1 and 2 prior to submission of the final assignment or examination.

    Submission

    Assignments will be made available on MyUni at different times during the semester as specified in the course timetable. Assignments should be submitted by 5pm on the due date with a COVERSHEET. The coversheet is also available on MyUni as a .docx file.

    Extensions to submission dates may be granted for medical/personal reasons at the discretion of the course coordinator. Assignments will not be able to be resubmitted.

    You need to submit two electronic copies (as a .doc, .docx or PDF file) of your assignment:

    1. One via MyUni
    Submitted via the Course Materials/ Assignments section. When assignments are submitted they will automatically be checked for plagiarism through the TurnItIn database on MyUni, which also includes copies of previously submitted assignments.

    2. One via email to sprh.l_and_t@adelaide.edu.au
    When sending/submitting your assignment, please name your file: First name last name HRH assignment # topic # Eg Jodie Smith HRH assignment 1 topic 3

    In the subject heading of your email please write: First name last name HRH assignment # topic # Eg Jodie Smith HRH assignment 1 topic 3
    These instructions are also on the Coversheet.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    On Medical or Compassionate Grounds
    Before the exam: Students with an illness and/or exceptional personal circumstances must submit their application for supplementary assessment to their School or Faculty no later than 7 working days after the occurrence of the condition, illness and/or exceptional personal circumstances, which form the grounds on which their application is made, regardless of the date of the exam. Students are advised to refer to the University’s website and policy on supplementary examinations: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html.
    On the day of the exam: Students with an illness and/or exceptional personal circumstances on the day of the primary exam must notify an examination supervisor and apply for a supplementary exam within 5 working days of the date of the primary exam.

    On Academic Grounds
    Supplementary examinations will be offered to students on academic grounds, on a final grade of between 45% and 49%. Those sitting supplementary examinations on academic grounds will be required to achieve a grade of at least 50% in the supplementary examination to pass the course. Successful completion of supplementary examinations offered on this basis can only result in a final mark for the course of 50%.

    The Human Reproductive Health III course committee will make the final decision regarding the offer of a replacement exam. Sitting a replacement examination offered on this basis will result in a formal mark being awarded.
  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Workshop participation and peer assessment was added to course grading from 2012 in response to course SELT feedback, so that student preparation and contributions to group learning are recognised in overall assessment.
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