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Unit information: Gametogenesis to Implantation in 2021/22

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 unit 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/Seminars
  • Synchronous discussion sessions
  • Self-directed study
  • Peer-to-peer learning (group work/presentations)
  • Asynchronous discussion forums

Assessment Information

Coursework (contributing a total of 60% to the unit)


  • Essay (1 x 1500 words) 30%
  • Poster 30%


  • Formative MCQs not marked to support synchronous and asynchronous learning

End of Unit assessment (contributing a total of 40% to the Unit)

  • A timed, open book end of unit written assessment.


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How much time the unit requires
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