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MB5026: PRINCIPLES OF REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:20


Course Overview

This course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to understand normal and abnormal human reproduction, fertility and pregnancy. Assisted reproductive technologies and the surrounding ethical issues will be covered in detail. All students will have the opportunity to visit and experience the day-to-day running of the Aberdeen Fertility Centre. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Neil Vargesson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to understand normal and abnormal human reproduction, fertility and pregnancy. Assisted reproductive technologies and the surrounding ethical issues will be covered in detail. All students will have the opportunity to visit and experience the day-to-day running of the Aberdeen Fertility Centre. 

Assessment is through a combination of written assessment, including a report from the visit to the Aberdeen Fertility Centre, case studies, and by examination.  


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 16 - 17
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 14, 17
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 10, 15

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

25% Fertility Centre Online Discussion and Report

25% Case Studies Online

50% Open Book Essay and Data Analysis question/report

Alternative Resit Assessment

30 minute oral exam examining all ILOs. Two examiners would be present.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseCritical evaluation of the issues surrounding fertility and successful pregnancy outcome.
FactualUnderstandUnderstand a solid foundation in the anatomy and endocrinology of mammalian reproduction and pregnancy.
ConceptualApplyEvaluate and apply key ethical issues in reproductive technologies.
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse methods of natural and artificial regulation of reproduction.
ReflectionRememberConstruct an understanding of the workings and running of an assisted reproductive clinic.
ReflectionEvaluateReflect on advances in reproductive and developmental biology technologies and how they can be used to treat reproductive disorders.

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