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Unit Overview


This unit is an extension of ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology. Emphasis is placed on integrating molecular, cellular, structural and functional aspects of reproduction to address contemporary problems. For example, the molecular basis of hormone secretion, action and metabolism is dealt with as a basis for considering determinants of fetal growth. This information is then integrated to explore the biological, social and ethical consequences of low birth weight that impact on individuals' long-term health. A particular emphasis is placed on the influence of stress, nutritional status and the effect of new technologies on human reproduction. Workshops cover topics ranging from experimental methods in endocrinology to assisted reproductive technology, to human lactation.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) learn to understand and clearly define questions and problems in human reproduction; (2) acquire techniques for seeking out information or designing experiments to answer such questions; (3) critically assimilate, analyse and discuss information acquired; (4) present findings in written and oral forms; and (5) integrate molecular, cellular, structural and functional aspects of reproduction to address contemporary problems such as reproductive ageing, pregnancy outcome, fertility and ethical and legal issues pertaining to human reproduction.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class presentations; (2) individual assignments based around lecture, tutorial and workshop material; and (3) laboratory report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Aster Gebremedhin and Dr Katherine Sanders
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology
or Successful completion of
two Unit(s) ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
or Unit(s) ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems
or Unit(s) ANHB2215 Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation
or Successful completion of
Unit(s) ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development and two Unit(s) PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
or Unit(s) PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
or Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
or Unit(s) MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
or Unit(s) PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorial and laboratory work: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.