Reproductive biology and embryology

Lecture, 2.00 ECTS


Course content

In this course the students learn about the different cellular connections and processes. United cell structures form tissues and larger organisations (e.g. epithelial tissue, connective tissue, supporting tissue, muscular tissue, nervous tissue etc.) This provides the basis for the understanding of the fine structure of the female and male reproductive organs. Apart from the information about morphology, a general understanding of the function and role of these organs in the reproductive process are focused on. Furthermore, the foundations of the development of the human embryo from week one to eight are dealt with, with a special focus on the placenta.

Learning outcomes

This module provides the students with a basic knowledge of medicine that enables them to acquire specialist midwifery knowledge. They are able to use the medical terminology correctly and can describe the structure and functional organization of the healthy human body. Particular focus is placed upon the special characteristics of the female body, reproductive biology and embryology.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

* Faller A., Schünke M. (2008): Der Körper des Menschen, 15. Auflage, Thieme Verlag.
* Menche N. (2007): Biologie, Anatomie, Physiologie, 6. Auflage, Urban und Fischer Verlag.
* Alberts, Bray, Hopkin, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts, Walter: Lehrbuch der molekularen Zellbiologie („der kleine Alberts“),
3. Auflage, WILEY-VCH.
* Hees, Sinowatz: Histologie / Kurzlehrbuch der Zytologie und mikroskopischen Anatomie, 3. überarbeitete Auflage 2000; Deutscher Ärzte-Verlag, Köln.
* Hartmann, Pabst, Schmied, Caluba, Dohr: Zytologie, Histologie und Mikroskopische Anatomie, 3. Auflage, Facultas Verlag, Wien.
* Sadler: Medizinische Embryologie, 11. Auflage, Thieme.