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Year 10: Term 1: Reproduction

What is the Claim?

According to the QCAA Syllabus glossary, a Claim is an assertion made without any accompanying evidence to support it.

CLAIM FOR THIS TASK: 

Age should not be a consideration when determining suitability for reproductive medical procedures.

PART A (500 words): Relevant Science Information

1. Describe the relevant structures and processes involved in the journey from gametogenesis through to birth.

2. Then define the terms 'fertilisation' and 'infertility' as they relate to the previous description.

3. Select one reason causing infertility in females or males, investigate the reason, and describe an ART that could be used to overcome it.

3. Then develop a specific and relevant research question relating to the above claim.

1&2. Databases and websites for reproduction structures, processes and definitions (300 words)
24.3. Human Reproductive Anatomy and Gametogenesis

Articles retrieved from Databases

QUT C.R.A.A.P. Test for Evaluating Websites

Check the quality of your websites using these criteria (adapted from QUT Library):

Currency: Timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published, posted or last updated?
  • Is the information current for your topic and field of study? How recent does it have to be? Can older sources work just as well?
Relevance: Importance of the information for your needs
  • Is the information appropriate for a senior secondary course?
  • Is this an adequately in-depth examination or a quick summary of the topic?
  • Who's the intended audience? Is it the general public, a student, a researcher or industry?
  • Is the level of information too basic or too advanced for your needs?

Authority: Source of the information

  • Is the author/authoring body (individual person, or institution, or organisation) established and reputable?
  • Are their qualifications, credentials, expertise, experience, educational background and previous work (if any) relevant and do they add credibility to the source?
  • Has the piece been published by a well-known and respected publisher or organisation?
  • Do references to other sources support the writing ie is a Bibliography or Reference List provided?

Accuracy: Reliability and correctness of the information

  • Where does the information come from, and is it supported by evidence?
  • Does it have a Reference List or Bibliography so you can easily find and verify the sources used?
  • Are there any spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: Reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? Why was it written?
  • Does the point of view appear objective, unbiased and impartial?
  • Is the viewpoint of the author's affiliation/ sponsors reflected in the message or content?
  • Does the author acknowledge alternative versions of the issues or facts?

Age and Fertility

From Fertility and Infertility for Dummies by G. Lockwood and others, Wiley and Sons, 2007.

PART B (300 words): Advantages and Disadvantages of Making the Procedure Available

Articles retrieved from Databases

Websites on Age and Assisted Reproductive Technology

C.R.A.A.P. Test Evaluation Sheet for Research Sources

Choose the sources you wish to evaluate. Save this document to your tablet, complete the evaluation of the sources (one per page) and print out to attach to the back of your assignment.

How To Write In-Text References for Science

ONESearch

The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Library can be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites.










Useful Academic Websites

An excellent free source to use, a little easier than PubMed.

An excellent source of a wide variety of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books

Google Scholar's searches are set to cover scholarly material more often than 'regular' Google. It can be frustrating, as much of an article or book is missing or by purchase only. Read the article below on the advantages an disadvantages of using it.

Tips for using Google Scholar: Add 'filetype:pdf' to any search term, which will limit your results to only pdf files, and you should get the full results. 

Print and Ebooks

Assisted Reproductive Technology : Ethics

Assisted Reproductive Technology : Legislation