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.

BMED 372 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.


  1. Communicator
  2. Advocate
  3. Leader
  4. Scholar
  5. Professional
  6. Collaborator

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.

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 – 10 hours a week in study / practice and online activity for BMED 372.

BMED 372 course notes via modules posted online.

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