6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester (extended) 2019 (On-campus)
- First semester (extended) 2019 (Online)
Must be enrolled in the following course code: 2309, M6010
This unit will focus on key embryology procedures and how to critical analyse procedures to ensure optimisation. The theory behind embryo culture systems, embryo assessment, oocyte pick-up (OPU), embryo transfer and cryopreservation techniques will be taught. Students will learn the methods needed to accurately evaluate embryo quality and develop the ability to micro-manage IVF processes to maximise embryo growth potential and minimise stress.
This unit also provides students with a detailed understanding of cryopreservation techniques and the ability to critically discuss and evaluate these techniques and cryo-banking systems for oocytes, sperm, ovarian and testicular tissue and embryos in human IVF programs.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Identify and assess the key components of an embryo culture system.
- Critically analyse strategies for optimising embryo development and ART laboratory outcomes.
- Explain key ART processes (egg collection, embryo culture, embryo transfer and cryopreservation), their chronological order and how to optimise for ART success.
- Use oocyte maturation and embryo grading criteria for all stages of preimplantation embryo development.
- Analyse the physiological requirements of gametes, cleavage embryos and blastocysts and how these are addressed in ART culture systems.
- Critically review contemporary scientific papers on ART laboratory processes.
- Written examination (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
- Written literature review for research project (2,000 words) (30%)
- Written media assignment (1,500 words) (15%)
- Oral journal presentation (individual) (10 minutes) (15%)
For on-campus students, this unit is conducted over six weeks in Semester 1. It is expected that students attended all lectures and tutorials associated with this unit.
For off-campus students, the unit can be completed in Semester 1, with all material accessible online during semester.
Expect 24 hours per week of directed and self-directed learning over a six week block.
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