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120.620.01 Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Janice Evans
Course Instructor:

Addresses the basic biological mechanisms that underlie male and female reproduction and that pertain to reproductive health issues, such as contraception, infertility, sexually transmitted diseases, and reproductive aging. Suitable for students with limited backgrounds in the biological sciences.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of biological aspects pertinent to a variety of issues in reproduction and reproductive health and medicine
  2. Comprehend biological issues in reproductive health and medicine at a level sufficient to explain and analyze questions of interest
  3. Use this knowledge of the biological principles of reproduction in practical ‘real world’ applications, such as writing position papers or explaining relevant information to lay people such as patients or groups (e.g., how a contraceptive works, what the advantages and risks of in vitro fertilization are, why there is controversy regarding embryonic stem cell research)
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation and final grade based on:

Online (CoursePlus) quizzes periodically through the term (25% of your final grade)
Written assignment / open-book mini-exam (15% of your final grade)
Course participation – peer evaluation and personal mini-essays, journal-style (10% of your final grade)
In-class, closed-book final exam (50% of your final grade)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required