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Undergraduate Course: Reproductive Systems (BIME10016)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide an overview of male and female gametes and gonads, incorporating the latest research in ovarian and testis biology, and examines in detail the various mechanisms controlling gonadal function and the wider reproductive system, together with an overview of pathology and male reproductive cancers.
Course description Contributors: Dr Chris Harlow, Dr Ian Adams, Prof Richard Anderson, Dr Simone Meddle, Dr Douglas Gibson, Prof Hamish Wallace, Dr Ruth Andrew, Prof Nicola Gray, Dr Norah Spears, Prof Jeff Pollard, Dr Grant Stewart, Prof Richard Sharpe, Prof Lee Smith, Dr Laura O'Hara, Dr Simon Riley, Dr Erin Greaves
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Physiology 3 (BIME09004) OR Pharmacology 3 (BIME09003) OR Clinical Biochemistry and Endocrinology 3 (MSBM09001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Online Activities 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 144 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination (75%)
ICA ┐ Group Wiki (25%)
Feedback Feedback will be available throughout the course in many forms:
┐ Feedback from tutors, independent markers and peers on your group Website
┐ Mid-course feedback session on your practice essay question, as well as a revision session later in the course to go over exam questions and techniques.
┐Written feedback from the exam will be made available and a time slot has been organised for early February 2015 to meet individually with Course Organisers to discuss your exam results.
┐ Students will also be presented with an anonymous ┐feedback form┐ at the end of the course. This will have a number of questions relating to course organisation and material, and students are asked to complete the questionnaire and return to the lecturer. The issues raised by students can thus be addressed by the Course team.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Reproductive Systems2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the cellular, molecular and biochemical basis of the fundamental control mechanisms in reproductive systems, and explain, compare and contrast the similarities and differences between reproductive control mechanisms in males and females.
  2. Evaluate the importance of particular molecular and biochemical processes and how dysfunction in these may lead to disease, infertility or reproductive failure.
  3. Critically review literature in male and female gonadal development and provide an overview of production and regulation of male and female germ cells.
  4. Be aware of the latest research in ovarian and testis biology, examine outstanding research questions in the field, and consider experimental approaches to tackle them, making connections between basic research and clinical applications in this field.
  5. Consider abnormalities/disorders in male and female gonadal development/ function, and understand the basic questions being asked and the research being conducted in the area of germ cell biology.
Reading List
1. McNeilly AS, Crawford JL, Taragnat, C, Nicol L & McNeilly JR (2003) The differential secretion of FSH and LH: regulation through genes, feedback and packaging. Reproduction Supplement 61:463-76
2. McNeilly AS (2011) Reproduction and environment. In: Reproduction and Adaptation CGN Mascie-Taylor & L Rosetta (Eds), Cambridge University Press
3. Padmanabhan V & McNeilly AS (2001) Is there an FSH-releasing factor? Reproduction 121: 21-30
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Christopher Harlow
Tel: (0131) 242 6253
Course secretaryMs Maria Schmidke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3161
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