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PSC2015 : Reproductive and Developmental Physiology

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Group presentations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Seminar (Workshop on critical evaluation)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Feedback and revision seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1115:00115:00preparation for critical evaluation exercises (critique of research paper and group exercise).
Total150:00
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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A7550% EMI, 50% written. Two questions to be answered from a choice of four.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
PSC2016Molecular Physiology and Pathophysiology2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M10Critique of research paper. 1200 words.
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Group 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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