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Unit information: Gametogenesis to Implantation in 2015/16

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Unit name Gametogenesis to Implantation
Unit code MEDIM4001
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Whittington
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Unit aims:

  • To describe the origin of gametes and gametogenesis in the male and female.
  • To explain the process of fertilization, implantation and early embryo development.
  • To introduce current laboratory and clinical research in the above areas within the University of Bristol.
  • To describe routine laboratory techniques used in this field.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the origin of gametes and the processes involved in gametogenesis in both the male and female
  • describe the processes of fertilisation and implantation
  • explain routine laboratory techniques used to investigate gametogenesis and early embryo development.

Teaching Information

  • Lectures (10)
  • On line tutorials (5)
  • Seminars (1)
  • Practicals (5)
  • Conferencing (5)

Assessment Information

  • Essay (1 x 1500 words) 20%
  • Practical Log Book (5 x practical sessions)15%
  • Tutorials (5 x MCQs) online 25%
  • Written exam (3hrs) 40%

Reading and References

  • Essential Reproduction, 5th Edition (2000), MH Johnson & BJ Everitt. Blackwell Science, UK
  • Gametes - The Spermatozoon (1995), Eds: JG Grudzinskas & JL Yovich. Cambridge University Press
  • Gametes - The Oocyte (1995), JG Grudzinskas & J Yovich Cambridge University Press
  • The Uterus (1994), T Chard & JG Grudzinskas Cambridge University Press
  • Genomes (1999), TA Brown Bios Scientific Publishers