The aim of this unit is to provide students with advanced knowledge of the physiological processes that regulate normal and how these may go awry leading to significant human conditions or even disease. Lectures will focus on; male and female reproductive physiology, endocrinology of reproduction, physiology of fertilisation, cell cycle control and apoptosis, mechanisms of differentiation, gastrulation, cardiovascular development, tissue formation and organogenesis, stem cell biology and the link between developmental processes and cancer. Reprogramming and tissue regeneration will also feature in the lecture content. Problem-based learning will focus on reproductive physiology and regeneration. Practical classes will examine the processes regulating sperm function, embryogenesis and stem cell biology.
2 x 1hr lectures per week; 1 guest lecture/problem-based learning class introduction/organisation session per week. 2 x 3 hour problem-based learning classes per semester.
one mid-semester MCQ exam, one 2hr final exam, two problem-solving learning tutorials, 3 practical class reports
Alberts, B. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th edition. Garland Science
BMedSc degree students: You must have successfully completed BMED2401 and an additional 12cp from BMED240X before enrolling in this unit.
(PHSI2X05 and PHSI2X06) or [12cp from (BCMB2X02, BIOL2X29, GEGE2X01)] or [12cp from (BMED2402, BMED2403, BMED2406)]Prohibitions
PHSI3905, PHSI3906, PHSI3005, PHSI3006, PHSI3910