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Unit information: Gametogenesis to Implantation in 2020/21

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


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 details

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

Assessment Details

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


  • Essay (1 x 1500 words) 20%
  • Practical Log Book (2 x tasks)15%
  • MCQs (4 x tasks) 3 x 5% & 1 x 10%


  • Practical Log Book (3 x MCQ tasks)

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

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

Reading and References

  • Johnson MH 7th Edition (2013) Essential Reproduction, John Wiley and Sons.
  • 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