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Biology of women
The goals of this course are for students to:
·         Recognize that there are many anatomical and cellular differences in females (compared to males) that are the basis for specific characteristics that embody “woman” and enable women to contribute to the perpetuation and evolution of the human species.
·          Recognize that diseases affecting predominantly women have cellular and/or physiological basis 
·         Evaluate public health policy issues related to women’s health and reproductive capacity
·         Interpret and evaluating literature
·         Reading scientific literature for purpose
·         Writing scientific research paper.
Course objectives: Students should be able to:
1.      Identify examples of evolution shaping anatomical and cellular characteristics of women  
2.      Illustrate examples of how differences found in females compared to males (cellular, anatomically and physiologically) contribute to unique characteristics and abilities in women. 
3.      Explain the genetic basis of unique characteristics (cellular, anatomically and physiologically) in women (compared to men) and how the expression of such genes are regulated.
4.      Describe the anatomical, cellular and physiological aspects of the female reproductive system and explain the ways in which it is connected to other systems including the endocrine, immune, respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular systems.
5.      Evaluate public health policy issues related to women’s health and reproductive capacity
6.      Apply written communication to demonstrate the ability to interpret and evaluate multiple peer reviewed sources, and organize relevant information to clearly explain a topic within “the biology of women”.
7.      Demonstrate oral communication to demonstrate the ability to explain topics, and evaluate and defend view points and to provide a recommendation
8.      Demonstrate the ability to ask a question, develop a hypothesis and develop a plan to test the hypothesis. (Scientific thinking skills)


Writing Unit Objectives
·      Distinguish between peer-reviewed, and non-peer-reviewed literature,  and review vs. primary research article.
·         Use on-line resources such as PubMED  to search for resources.
·         Recognize the general format of a scientific research article and identify the purpose of each section.
·         Identify the purpose (questions and hypotheses) and conclusions of research articles.
·         Interpret figures within a scientific research article
·         Write citations according to APA format
·         Develop a topic of interest
·         Identify sub-topics to support overarching topic
·         Connect sub-topics to the topic of interest
·         Support each sub-topic by identifying and summarizing relevant conclusions and justify these conclusions from peer reviewed journals and provide transitional statements to link such evidence to each topic.
·         Provide a reference for each piece of evidence included in the paper.
·         Connect your sub-topics into a novel conclusion and link this to your introduction.
·         Organize evidence to support subtopics
·         Explain connections between subtopics 
Fertility Unit Objective
    ·         Describe the stages of the reproductive cycle
·         Integrate each phase of the reproductive cycle with physiological changes  to include:
o   relative levels of hormone  changes
o   anatomical /cellular changes in reproductive organs (ovary, uterus, glands)
o   Temperature change
o    purpose of each phase or physiological change related to reproductive success
·         Describe factors  that prevent ovulation.
·         Identify genes that are necessary for ovulation and the functional product made from each gene and the purpose of the functional product? 
·         Identify processes that regulate the expression of genes necessary for ovulation .  
·         Describe anatomical and physiological changes required for fertilization.
·         Describe anatomical and physiological changes required for implantation
 -  Compare and contrast anatomical and physiological changes required for fertilization and implantation.
·         Identify and describe social issues relevant to fertility.
·        Identify evidence for opposing sides of policy related to social issues and use this informed perspective to propose a recommendation.
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