Course Outline

BIM371 Clinical Embryology

Course Coordinator:Anna Kuballa ( School:School of Health - Biomedicine

2023Session 8

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Clinical embryology introduces you to the application of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) used by in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratories throughout the world. On completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate and evaluate current knowledge of human reproduction; molecular genetics in clinical embryology; regulation, ethics and quality management of ART; early reproductive events and ART; assessment of embryo quality; and cryopreservation techniques.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – There will be two Workshop 1 sessions per week in weeks 2 and 3. These will be delivered online. 1hr Week 2 4 times
Learning materials – This course will be delivered in an intensive format. There will be two topics covered per week in weeks 2, 3, 4 and 6. 2hrs Week 2 8 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – There will be one tutorial per week in weeks 2, 3, 4 and 6. 3hrs Week 2 4 times
Laboratory 1 – There will be two laboratory classes per week in weeks 2, 3, 6 and one in week 7. 3hrs Week 2 7 times

Course Topics

The topics covered in this course include:

  • Physiology, anatomy, histology and endocrinology of the human female and male reproductive systems.
  • Genetics in assisted reproductive technology.
  • Embryology techniques.
  • Quality management in Australian assisted reproductive technology laboratories.
  • Cryopreservation
  • Early reproductive events
  • Assessment of embryo quality 
  • Male and female infertility factors
  • Regulations and ethics in clinical embryology

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate and apply the practical skills and competencies used in embryology laboratories. Knowledgeable
2 Describe and interpret the underlying scientific principles of assisted reproductive technologies. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Critically analyse and evaluate assisted reproductive technology practices and quality control principles. Empowered
4 Identify, describe and evaluate the ethical and regulatory principles that apply to the clinical embryology setting. Ethical

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


LFS202 or LFS203 or enrolled in Program SC357


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is recommended that students have prior knowledge and skills in human physiology, human genetics and biochemistry.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In weeks 2 and 3 of this course you will participate in tutorial and laboratory classes, these classes have both formative and summative components based on the topics and content covered to date.   These will provide you with an opportunity to revise your understanding of each topic.   

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 50%
Up to 2000 words
Refer to Format In Class
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
90 minutes
Week 4 In Class
All 3 Oral Individual or Group 20%
10 min
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Practical/ laboratory skills portfolio
You will develop practical laboratory skills, assess and apply quality control measures and ethical practices, and will demonstrate competency in laboratory techniques that are relevant to assisted reproductive technology.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
Weeks 2, 3 & 6
Individual professional competencies demonstrated through the completion of a training manual/logbook style laboratory workbook. Key elements include the successful completion of laboratory inductions and practical demonstration of laboratory skills.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of practical laboratory competencies
Description and assessment of quality control measures
Identification and appraisal of ethical practices
Analysis of scientific principles relevant to embryology practices
All - Assessment Task 2:Examination
This examination will explore the theoretical knowledge of the physiology, anatomy, histology, endocrinology and molecular genetics associated with human male and female reproductive systems and the scientific principles behind assisted reproductive technologies.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
An individual, closed book, mid-semester examination composed of multiple-choice and short answer style questions. The examination will cover course material delivered during via learning materials, tutorial and practical classes held in the first half of the course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Description and interpretations of theoretical knowledge about the physiology, anatomy, histology, endocrinology and molecular genetics associated with human reproduction, and assisted reproductive technologies
Analysis of information and explanation of important elements of human reproduction
2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Oral Presentation
To research and develop a deeper understanding of an important embryology technique, to integrate relevant assisted reproductive technology principles that have been addressed throughout the course, and to identify and evaluate ethical and regulatory principles of clinical embryology.
Product: Oral
A 10 min oral presentation that critically analyses and discusses the scientific basis of an aspect (or aspects) of an assisted reproductive technology (ART).  The oral presentation can be completed either individually or in pairs (for pairs it is expected that each student in the pair contribute equally to the presentation).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Scientific merit of the content (description, interpretation and analysis)
Description of ethical and quality control principles in ART.
3 4
Scientific communication skills and time management

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Martin H. Johnson 2018 Essential Reproduction 8th John Wiley & Sons

Specific requirements

You will be expected to purchase the BIM371 Course Practical Manual from USC Mail and Print Services (MaPS).  In addition, you will be required to bring a laboratory coat, safety glasses and enclosed non-slip footwear to the course practical classes.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a moderate level of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks are those associated with laboratory work such as working with chemicals and hazardous substances. You will be required to undertake laboratory induction training and it is also your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate (the rates are cumulative): 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day 
- 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. 
To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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