Human Reproductive Biology

Unit Introduction


This unit builds on first-year human biology to develop the structural and functional basis of human reproduction including conception, embryogenesis and fetal life; birth (from the baby's point of view); maturation and growth during childhood and adolescence; the structure and function of the reproductive organs; the control of reproduction with particular emphasis on the role of hormones; pregnancy and birth (from the mother's viewpoint). This information is then used to examine social issues including human sexuality, infertility, birth control, the cause and prevention of malformation and the possible future impact of new techniques in reproductive biology. Features of normal growth, development, maturation and the inevitable changes associated with ageing are integrated with the above to provide an overview of reproduction as part of the human life cycle.

This website is designed to supplement traditional teaching methods employed in teaching Human Reproductive Biology. It is not intended to replace lectures, text books, lab demonstrators, or student participation but rather aid these. Access is available from internal and external sites by UWA Staff and Students only. Navigation through this site is done through the menu bar at the left of the screen. It is intended that students taking part in a lab will use this site firstly for pre-lab revision/preparation, and secondly as a guide during their lab class.