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ANAT243 Reproductive and Developmental Biology

Reproductive biology, encompassing hormone regulation, sperm and oocyte development, and pregnancy. Core concepts of developmental biology, including how the major body systems of an animal form from a fertilised egg.

This paper begins with the biology of the male and female reproductive systems, including infertility and current reproductive technologies. We follow through the pregnancy process, studying how the female body adapts to pregnancy and lactation. How an adult animal is produced from a single fertilised egg is outlined, including development of all the major organs, with an emphasis on understanding vertebrate development and disease.

Paper title Reproductive and Developmental Biology
Paper code ANAT243
Subject Anatomy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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CELS 191, CHEM 191 and HUBS 192
Schedule C

Anatomy Office
Room 231, 2nd Floor
Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
Tel 479 7362

Teaching staff

2023 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

Paper Structure
Module 1: Control of Fertility
Module 2: Establishment and Maintenance of Pregnancy
Module 3: Developmental Biology
Teaching Arrangements
All teaching is undertaken on campus.

There is no single prescribed textbook for ANAT 243. Highly recommended textbooks include:

  • Johnson ‘Essential Reproduction’ (8th ed.; Wiley-Blackwell, 2018)
  • Young et al ‘Wheater’s Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas’ (6th ed.; Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014)
  • Barresi and Gilbert ‘Developmental Biology’ (12th ed.; Sinauer Associates, Inc, 2020)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete ANAT 243 will demonstrate an understanding of reproductive and developmental biology. This includes an appreciation of the anatomy and cell biology of the human reproductive systems and the associated endocrine systems. For developmental biology, this includes an understanding of the cellular and morphological events required for correct embryonic development from a single cell to an adult animal. Also:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the major theories concerning reproduction and development
  • Relate basic science to selected medical problems relating to fertility and development
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical context of reproductive and developmental biology
  • Exhibit an awareness of the scientific process and demonstrate an ability to engage in critical and analytical thought at an elementary level

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
D1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41