Queen's University
BMED 372 Reproduction and Development

In BMED 372 students will obtain a general background on various aspects of human reproduction, ranging from male and female gamete development to pregnancy and birth. The course will serve as a gateway to more advanced courses in human reproduction and development. Students will apply concepts learned through modules to a simulated case study in which a human pregnancy will be followed from the pre-conception stages to parturition and the post-partum period. Evaluations will consist of quizzes, a written essay, a discussion forum and case study group assignments.

Minimum 3rd year (level 3) standing, one of (ANAT 100/3.0; ANAT 101/3.0) and one of (PHGY 210/6.0; PHGY 214/6.0; [PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0]), or permission of the instructor.

Online format with materials, communication, and assignment submissions all via onQ.

After completing BMED 372 Reproduction and Development, students will be able to:

  1. Describe key fundamental concepts in male and female reproductive biology to create a framework that can be applied to more complex topics in human reproduction.
  2. Explain the scientific basis of diseases of pregnancy to determine their implications on health in later life.
  3. Critically assess scientific literature and media reports in human reproductive biology to support arguments in oral and written work.
  4. Integrate course content through active discussion with peers to solve case-based problems related to pregnancy, parturition, and other topics in human reproduction.


As Collaborators, health professionals work effectively with other health care professionals to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centred care.


As Communicators, health professionals form relationships with patients and their families* that facilitate the gathering and sharing of essential information for effective health care.


As Advocates, health professionals contribute their expertise and influence as they work with communities or patient populations to improve health. They work with those they serve to determine and understand needs, speak on behalf of others when required, and support the mobilization of resources to effect change.


As Leaders, health professionals engage with others to contribute to a vision of a high-quality health care system and take responsibility for the delivery of excellent patient care through their activities as clinicians, administrators, scholars, or teachers.


As Scholars, health professionals demonstrate a lifelong commitment to excellence in practice through continuous learning and by teaching others, evaluating evidence, and contributing to scholarship.


As Professionals, health professionals are committed to the health and well-being of individual patients and society through ethical practice, high personal standards of behaviour, accountability to the profession and society, physician-led regulation, and maintenance of personal health.

Assessment 1 – Key Concepts Assessment Quiz (20%)

Upon the completion of the first module, students will take a multiple-choice quiz to ensure understanding of the fundamental concepts that will be used in the course.

Assessment 2 – Written Essay (20%)

In this assignment, students will connect ideas learned in modules to study the mechanisms related to maternal-fetal interaction, late pregnancy and parturition. They will present their findings in a written essay, and are expected to include research information obtained from relevant scientific papers.

Assessment 3 – Forum Discussions (20%)

Students will post bi-weekly responses to discussion questions related to module content and respond to posts created by their peers. They will be evaluated on both the quality of their own posts as well as their responses to their peers.

Assessment 4 – Case Study – Group Assignment (40%)

In this multi-part group assignment, students will be given a simulated case study in human pregnancy. The case study will follow the patient’s journey from diagnosis of pregnancy until parturition and post-partum. Students will be responsible for answering questions that will be used to evaluate their understanding of material covered throughout each section of the course. This assignment will prompt students to consider unique aspects of maternal-fetal interactions, normal pregnancy issues and also pregnancy complications specific to their assigned case study.

BMED 372 course notes via modules posted online.

Relevant review articles will be provided by the instructor pertaining to specific modules.

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Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with and adhering to the regulations concerning academic integrity. General information on academic integrity is available at Integrity@Queen's University, along with Faculty or School specific information. Departures from academic integrity include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification. Actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning, to loss of grades on an assignment, to failure of a course, to requirement to withdraw from the university.

Specifically, for BMED 372 Reproduction and Development, students must express themselves in their own words, and cite sources when they use outside information. Verbatim copying of the module text or textbook is considered plagiarism and is a breach of academic integrity. Further, lying and misrepresentation are dishonest and violate the core values of academic integrity.

All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks. The final grade received for the course will be derived by converting the student’s numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale.