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Unit information: Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in 2018/19

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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 unit 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 a number of endocrine-related pathological conditions and explain how these may cause reproductive dysfunction.
  • Develop and utilise practical strategies to enhance their learning and academic literacy.

Teaching details

  • Lectures/Seminars
  • Workshop and web-based practicals
  • Self-directed study
  • Peer-to-peer learning (group work/presentations)
  • On-line discussion forums

Assessment Details

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

  • Essays (1 x 1500 words) 20%
  • Practical log book (3 x tasks) 15%
  • MCQs (5 x tasks) 25%
  • Online practical sessions (3) not marked

Written exams (contributing a total of 40% to the Unit)

  • 1hr MCQ exam contributing 20%.
  • 1hr Short essay exam- contributing 20%

The pass-mark for the unit will be 50%. However students will be required to reach a minimum standard in both their coursework and their written exams. As such only 5% compensation between the total coursework element and the total exam element will be allowed

Reading and References

  • Essential Reproduction (2013). M.H. Johnson, 7th Edition, John Wiley and Sons, Blackwell Science.
  • Endocrinology (1997). A Levy & S Lightman, Oxford University Press.
  • Encyclopaedia of Reproduction (Vols. I-IV) (1998) E Knobil & JD Neill, 3rd Edition, Academic Press.
  • Yen & Jaffe's Reproductive Endocrinology (2014). J. Strauss & R Barbieri, 7th edition, Saunders.
  • Medical Sciences (2014) J Naish & D Syndercombe Court, Dawson Books (UK).