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BIOL3044 Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Physiology

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To understand the broad physiological principles that progress from the early embryo through to the later stages of fetal development, birth and early postnatal life using the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis as a conceptual framework.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To understand major scientific principles linking maternal, placental, embryonic, fetal and neonatal physiology
  • To critically evaluate primary literature relating to selected areas of maternal-placental-fetal-neonatal physiology
  • To consider the wider implications (in terms of adult health, ethics etc.) of feto-placental physiology
  • To develop transferable skills in critical analysis of papers and summarising of scientific ideas through writing and discussion.

Syllabus

The BIOL 3044 course focuses on exciting new developments in the fields of embryonic, placental and fetal physiology. The course takes a developmental approach from ‘Early development’ to ‘Placentation and maternal adaptation’ to ‘Fetal Development and life after birth’. Clearly each of these areas alone could comprise an undergraduate course, and it is not the objective of this course to fit 3 semesters work into one. Your goal has to be to get to grips with broad physiological principles that progress from the early embryo through to the later stages of fetal development, birth and early postnatal life and to use the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis* as a conceptual framework or theme upon which to base your learning. *The DOHaD hypothesis suggests that the prevalence of adult diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes has a developmental origin (i.e. embryonic and fetal stages of development).

Special Features

The course consists of lectures and a number of non-lecture events including visits to the embryo research laboratory and the Southampton Women’s Survey at the Princess Anne Hospital, Paper Discussion and ‘Round Table’ sessions led by panels of experts to discuss scientific and wider issues relating to the course.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Independent study Round table discussions Critical evaluation of scientific papers (through paper discussion sessions and independent reading) Visits to IVF clinic and Southampton Women’s Survey

TypeHours
Demonstration1
Supervised time in studio/workshop5
Lecture16
Independent Study127.5
Tutorial0.5
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 20%
Round table write-up 10%
Written exam  (2 hours) 70%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 20%
Round table write-up 10%
Written exam  (2 hours) 70%
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