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SEXH5417: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Semester 1, 2020 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit covers reproductive endocrinology, including regulation of the menstrual cycle, sperm and egg transport, and fertilisation and implantation. The reproductive endocrinology of common conditions such as amenorrhoea, anovulation and polycystic ovarian syndrome will be discussed, as will current thinking on menopause and menopausal hormone therapy. The unit also provides an introduction to the causes and investigations of male and female infertility with a special focus on the impact of obesity on reproduction.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SEXH5417
Academic unit Sexual Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Kirsten Black,
Lecturer(s) Jessica Lowe,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Online discussion
Online discusion
15% Ongoing Various
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Case study reports
Clinical case study
30% Week 09
Due date: 02 May 2020 at 17:00
15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
In-semester test MCQ
Online quiz
25% Week 11
Due date: 12 May 2020 at 12:00
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Written report
Written assignment
30% Week 14 (STUVAC)
Due date: 04 Jun 2020 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Online discussion: Each task will pose a question or statement that will require a response (these may be in a multiple choice or written response format).

Case study reports: Students will be given a clinical case study which they will work on in a group presentation to answer specific aspects on diagnosis and management. The case studies will be made available to students and pesented at the Intensive Teaching Block with preparation time provided.

Multiple Choice Quiz (MCQ): An online MCQ where students will be examined through 25 questions covering Modules 1-8 (inclusive), material from readings, the prescribed textbook and the Intensive Block Lectures. Students will have 30 minutes to complete the quiz.

Written report: maximum of 2,000 words. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Male and female reproductive structure and function Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Male and female reproductive structure and function Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Reproductive endocrinology and puberty Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Menarche and the menstrual cycle Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 The endocrinology of pregnancy Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Endometriosis and PCOS Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Infertility - male and female Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Introduction to ART Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Intensive workshop (3 days) Workshop (20 hr)  
Week 10 Menopause Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Obesity and reproductive health Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Ethical, legal and regulatory aspects of reproductive health Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Revision Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance at the intensive is compulsory for all students. Failure to attend may result in an absent fail for the unit of study.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

Prescribed textbook

Taylor H, Pal L, Seli E. Speroff’s Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2019. Print.

The previous edition is also referenced throughout the course notes and is acceptable for the unit of study:

Fritz, Marc A., and Speroff, Leon. Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011. Print

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of multiple aspects of reproductive health from conception to menopause
  • LO2. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complex symptomatology of reproductive health conditions and best management practices
  • LO3. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the epidemiology of infertility and an introduction to assisted reproductive technology
  • LO4. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the social and ethical aspects of reproductive health conditions and their long-term consequences.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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