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92028 An Introduction to Reproductive Health

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

The aim of this subject is to establish a fundamental understanding of fertility – how it should work, what can go wrong, treatment options and possible outcomes for the patient. The subject introduces foundational concepts of the fertility pathway for students who wish to expand their knowledge of human fertility and infertility, as well as students planning to embark on, or further develop, careers in the clinical field of infertility and its treatment. The anatomy, physiology, endocrinology and pharmacological theory that underpin treatment decisions related to fertility interventions including assisted reproductive technology (ART) are studied in detail. Students develop essential skills required to enable students to educate and support patients on their fertility pathway, and contribute to the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the investigation and treatment of infertility. This is achieved through incremental study, which follows a common pathway of fertility investigations and interventions, taking the student from initial contact with the patient to treatment, and exploration of possible outcomes. Through completion of the learning activities, workshop and assessments, students also develop and enhance academic skills at a postgraduate level, including independent research, critical analysis, reflective thinking, academic writing, peer collaboration and feedback, in order to contribute and communicate effectively as an expert within the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A.. Understand male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology, and describe how it relates to a patient's fertility or infertility in order to provide appropriate patient education or referral
B.. Interpret normal and abnormal reproductive hormone values in males and females to assist in educating and supporting patients through fertility investigations and treatment
C.. Interpret and discuss the prognostic value of current diagnostic tools employed in fertility investigations including pre-conception screening, in order to provide appropriate patient education or referral
D.. Critically examine and justify the standard ART treatment pathway using physiology and pharmacology theory, to identify appropriate interventions, as well as risks, complications and outcomes
E.. Critically examine the course of first trimester pregnancy, including risks, complications and outcomes to assist in educating and supporting patients, and identify deviations from normal
F.. Employ knowledge, skills and abilities to recognise departures from the normal fertility pathway in order to provide appropriate patient education (and when required medical or counselling referral)
G. Develop and enhance academic skills at a post-graduate level including independent research, critical analysis, reflective thinking, academic writing, peer collaboration and feedback, in order to contribute and communicate effectively as an expert within the multidisciplinary healthcare team

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Translate and integrate evidence to identify and address human fertility needs, to ensure the delivery of quality health care (1.1)
  • Locate and apply knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of fertility and infertility to deliver effective and appropriate health care (1.2)
  • Apply context specific knowledge and judgment to the development and delivery of human fertility and assisted reproduction services (3.3)
  • Evaluate current and emerging issues in human fertility and assisted reproduction to improve health outcomes, promote consumer engagement and facilitate evidence-based decision-making (5.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is taught using a variety of learning strategies. The strategies used emphasise the active development and application of knowledge, and are designed to enable students to educate and support patients on their fertility pathway, and contribute to the multidisciplinary healthcare team in the investigation and treatment of infertility. Learning in this subject will involve:

  • self-directed activities for each of the weekly topics including readings and multimedia provided in UTSonline Learning Materials;
  • prescribed learning activities (a number of these will contribute to the overall grade as indicated in the Program and outlined Assessment Task 1) requiring independent research, critical analysis, reflective thinking, peer collaboration and feedback facilitated through the UTSonline Discussion Board;
  • active participation at the face to face 2 day workshop at UTS including completing all prescribed pre-work to facilitate workshop activities, such as critical review of readings provided in UTSonline Learning Materials and researching responses to stimulus questions based on subject content. Workshop activities will require critical and reflective thinking, discussion and debate, peer collaboration and feedback, and use interactive strategies including think-pair-share exercises, exploration of case studies and authentic scenarios through role play and/or group discussion, as well as lectures and peer presentations.
  • completion of multiple choice quizzes based on key topics (Assessment Task 2); and
  • submission of a short answer, essay assessment task (Assessment Task 3).

Feedback from teaching staff will be periodically provided to students:

  • as a group in UTSonline Announcements, or in person at the workshop;
  • individually via email, or in person 1:1 at the workshop where there is an opportunity to develop the student’s learning and enhance their progress in this subject;
  • regarding specific online discussions, in UTSonline Discussion Board; and
  • regarding Assessment 3 in Turnitin (UTSonline).

Peer feedback is also encouraged, and forms a requirement of the prescribed, graded activities in UTSonline Discussion Board and selected activities at the workshop.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Participation in online discussion

Intent:

The intent of this assessment is to engage students in deeper analysis and understanding of a relevant sub-topic contained within the weekly topics. Students are expected to conduct independent research, critically analyse, and reflect on the sub-topic, presenting their responses using academic writing guidelines and posting in the UTSonline Discussion Board. Additionally, students will interact with the posts of their peers, providing commentary, feedback or prompting further inquiry in order to further the learning experience.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A., D., E., F. and G

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.1, 1.2 and 3.3

Weight: 20%
Length:

300 words per discussion + 100 words per response to a peer's post X 4 weeks (in weeks 3, 8, 9, and 12 as indicated in the Program)

Criteria:
  • 60% Analysis and engagement with prescribed content
  • 20% Communication using academic writing guidelines
  • 20% Interaction with peer group

Assessment task 2: Multiple choice quizzes

Intent:

The intent of the online quizzes is to assess students’ understanding of the concepts of the fertility pathway that have been explored in the weekly topics and through completion of learning activities. The content will help students establish foundational knowledge required for application into the clinical setting.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A., B., C., D. and F.

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.1, 1.2, 3.3 and 5.1

Weight: 30%
Criteria:
  • 25% Demonstrates understanding of the common causes of infertility
  • 25% Demonstrates understanding of the available investigations for infertility
  • 25% Demonstrates understanding of current treatment options and fertility interventions
  • 25% Applies critcal thinking to identify deviations from the normal fertility pathway

Assessment task 3: Short answer essay

Intent:

In this assessment, students will engage in a case study analysis to focus on the complex interrelationships at play in fertility treatment and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and clinical understanding of basic physiological principles

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

C., D., E., F. and G

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.1, 1.2, 3.3 and 5.1

Weight: 50%
Length:

1200 words (+/-10%) for each of the three tasks

Criteria:
  • 40% Demonstrates understanding of key characteristics of the clinical scenario
  • 40% Applies critical thinking; examines all variables and implications for the patient and healthcare team; and justifies conclusions
  • 20% Communication and alignment academic writing guidelines

Required texts

Fritz, M. & Speroff, L. Clinical Gynaecology Endocrinology and Infertility. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, USA. 8th Edition. 2011

Available via: http://find.lib.uts.edu.au/?R=OPAC_b3080776

Catt, J & Lingham, E. SIRT Embryology Training manual and Log Book 2016 First Edition (Available from the FSA Secretariat kimo@wsm.com.au

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