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Undergraduate Course: Reproductive Biology 3 (BIME09006)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA course of lectures and practicals covering major aspects of reproductive biology, mainly delivered by staff in Biomedical Sciences and Reproductive Health.
The topics covered include: control of reproduction; sexual differentiation and gonadal development; fertilisation and early embryonic development; and pregnancy, paturition and lactation.
Course description The topics covered include: control of reproduction; sexual differentiation and gonadal development; fertilisation and early embryonic development; and pregnancy, paturition and lactation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEquivalent of the courses listed above
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 01, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree Examination 60%; in-course assessed components 40% (essay - 30% and MCQ Test - 10%)
Feedback One-to-one feedback given to students at the final essay tutorial.
Feedback on MCQ given at overview lecture.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)May Paper2:120
Resit Exam Diet (August)August Paper2:120
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of aspects of reproduction and the underlying control mechanisms, at a level appropriate for a Junior Honours undergraduate course. understanding of advanced aspects of reproduction and the underlying control mechanisms.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand, critically appraise, integrate and interpret information from multiple sources, including from practical material.
  3. Develop skills to communicate experimental findings in a clear and well-organised, scientific manner through a number of modes, including written and verbal/visual.
Reading List
The Recommended Textbook for the course is Essential Reproduction by M.H. Johnson
(6th edition, 2007; Blackwell Science, 328 pages). Copies are available from the main library, Little France or the Darwin Library.
Other Useful Books:
The Darwin Library has copies of two other recent books in the reserve section:
¿ Human Reproductive Biology by RE Jones & KH Lopez (3rd edition 2006; Academic Press, £46.99; 624 pages).
¿ The Reproductive System at a Glance by L.J. Heffner and DJ Schust (2006; Blackwell Science, £18.99; 122 pages). This is more superficial and is intended as a revision aid for medical students. (The previous edition was Human Reproduction at a Glance by L.J. Heffner; 2001).
The Darwin Library also contains other useful textbooks. For example:
¿ The Physiology of Reproduction by E. Knobil & J.D. Neill. An authoritative reference source.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Agnes Stefansdottir
Tel: (0131 6)50 2924
Course secretaryDr Hilal Kaya
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