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120.620.81 Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Barry Zirkin
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


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:

Participation in on-line chat sessions (20%); four on-line quizzes (20%); mid term (30%) and final (30%) exams.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required