Reproductive Biology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reproductive Biology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Human Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ANAT 243 or ANAT 233

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction. Female and male reproductive biology. Genetics of reproduction.

    ANAT 333 looks in detail at the mechanisms the brain uses to drive reproductive hormone secretion and fertility, male and female-specific reproductive processes, and genetic aspects of reproduction.

    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on-campus

    Course Structure
    Module 1 Neuroendocrine Regulation of Reproduction
    Module 2: Male and Female Reproductive Biology
    Module 3: Genetics of Reproduction

    Learning Outcomes
    - Demonstrate an understanding of some of the major theories in, and current experimental evidence for, key aspects of reproductive biology
    - Be familiar with key techniques used in experimental reproductive biology and be able to demonstrate how you would use these to investigate specific questions
    - Demonstrate an ability to integrate information given in different lectures and to use this information to discuss aspects of reproductive biology
    - Exhibit an awareness of the experimental basis of reproductive science, and be able to understand and interpret experimental data
    - Exhibit an awareness of the uncertainty of the current state of knowledge in reproductive science, and demonstrate an ability to engage in critical and analytical thought

    There is no prescribed textbook. Essential Reproduction by Johnson and Everitt (7th edition or similar) provides recommended background reading, and will be referred to in lectures along with other sources including original papers.

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