Applied Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology - SWCH9017

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Women's and Children's Health

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0

Enrolment Requirements:

Women's Health Medicine program only (7014 & 9014)

Excluded: SWCH9001

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course is delivered entirely online and aims to increase participants’ understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the Reproductive system of both males and females. This is a core course for Program 9014- Masters of Women's Health Medicine. It is likely to be most relevant to those working primarily in a reproductive health setting-in particular gynaecologists in training, sexual health physicians, primary care physicians and family planning practitioners as well as nurses, counsellors and scientists with a special interest in this field.
The course will cover 6 topics:
  • Signals and Targets-hormones, receptors and end-organs
  • The Menstrual Cycle
  • Fertility, pregnancy and sexual differentiation
  • Puberty and Reproductive ageing
  • The male reproductive organs and spermatogenesis
  • Sexual Function and Dysfunction

Course Aims

This course aims to provide a basic grounding in the anatomy and physiology of the
reproductive system of both males and females. The focus of this course is on the
practical application of reproductive anatomy and physiology to clinical situations
using examples and case studies commonly encountered in practice.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify and explain both normal and pathological processes of the male and female reproductive system
  2. Describe the interrelationships between various hormonal systems ( both male and female) and their effect on reproduction
  3. Apply their knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of both male and female reproductive organs to situations likely to be encountered in clinical practice
  4. Identify the challenges facing those working in the field of reproductive health in the 21st century and develop strategies to meet those challenges
  5. Translate the more complex issues encountered in reproductive health into terms more easily understood by patients, their partners and carers

Prescribed Rescources

Marc A. Frtz, Leon Soeroff, Clinical Gynaecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore USA - 8th edition
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