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Unit information: Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in 2017/18

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Unit name Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology
Unit code MEDIM4000
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Ford
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This introductory Unit, the first that students encounter, introduces them to the expected content of Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology but also to the methods of assessment, both written and online, which students undertake with formative feedback to enable students to adjust to these aspects of the course.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the role of the endocrine system in reproduction with particular reference to the hypothalamic-pituitary gonadal axis
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of key organs in the male and female reproductive tract
  • Describe the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy
  • Explain routine diagnostic laboratory techniques applicable to endocrine investigations.

Teaching details

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

Assessment Details

  • Online practical sessions (3) not marked
  • Short answers (x 4) 15%
  • Online Multiple Choice Questions (5) 25%
  • Essays (1 x 1500 word) 20%
  • Written exam (1 x 3hrs) 40 %

Reading and References

  • Essential Reproduction 6th Edition (2007)
    • MJ Johnson Wiley-Blackwell
  • Human Physiology The Basis of Medicine (2006)
    • G Pocock & CD Richards Oxford University Press
  • Yen & Jaffe's Reproductive Endocrinology 6th edition (2009)
    • JF. Strauss RL Barbieri Saunders
  • Encyclopaedia of Reproduction (Vols. I-IV) 3rd Edition (1998)
    • E Knobil & JD Neill Academic Press
  • Clinical Gynaecologic Endocrinology & Infertility 8th edition (2010)
    • Fritz, Marc A.; Speroff, Leon Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Endocrinology (1997)
    • A Levy & S Lightman Oxford University Press