PSC2015 : Reproductive and Developmental Physiology
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Timothy Cheek
- Lecturer: Professor David Elliott, Professor Nick Europe-Finner, Professor Michael Taggart
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||15|
The module aims to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the physiology of the reproductive and developmental systems.
To achieve this the module will:
• Introduce the student to complex hormone regulation as it applies to reproductive and developmental biology
• Provide a knowledge and understanding of the principles of male and female reproductive biology and of research approaches being used to investigate physiological processes of normal reproductive biology
• Provide a knowledge and understanding of pathophysiologies underlying major obstetric problems
• Further critical evaluation and oral communication skills
Outline Of Syllabus
The student will learn how hormonal control regulates both simple and complex physiological processes, including the complex hormonal regulation of male and female reproduction, including feedback mechanisms. The lectures will address the biology of gametogenesis through fertilisation, implantation, pregnancy and parturition, including circulatory changes and tissue-specific remodelling. The module will also introduce students to the pathophysiologies underlying major obstetric problems.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||16:00||16:00||Group presentations|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Seminar (Workshop on critical evaluation)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||2:00||2:00||Feedback and revision seminar|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||115:00||115:00||preparation for critical evaluation exercises (critique of research paper and group exercise).|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures provide the core scientific material. The seminar sessions will encourage an increased understanding of the material through discussion. The critical evaluation exercises develop students’ ability to analyse a primary piece of scientific literature. . The group learning exercise promotes team skills and provides an opportunity to learn through collective study.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||75||50% EMI, 50% written. Two questions to be answered from a choice of four.|
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|PSC2016||Molecular Physiology and Pathophysiology||2||N/A|
|Written exercise||2||M||10||Critique of research paper. 1200 words.|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||15||Group Exercise with presentation (3 minutes).|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The exam tests core knowledge and an understanding of the subject material. The critique of a research paper tests students' skills in critically interpreting and evaluating scientific data, and in communicating this on paper. The group exercise tests students' skills to work effectively in a team and to develop their scientific thinking using oral communication skills.
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