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BIOL2045 Vertebrate Development

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to develop the basic concepts of human and other vertebrate animal development. Students will come to understand the main mechanisms behind both animal development and organised cellular differentiation and how these processes are studied. They will also become aware of how various changes in developmental pathways can play a role in human and animal health

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Learning Outcomes 1. Describe gametogenesis and fertilization 2. Describe the major processes of mammalian development from fertilisation through to foetal organogenesis 3. Describe the concepts of gastrulation and neurulation in the vertebrate animal 4. Describe how limb formation and patterning is achieved 5. Explain how master control genes may coordinate the formation of the body plan during development 6. Describe the role of genomic imprinting and other epigenetic controls in development 7. The concept and use of embryonic and tissue stem cells

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 1. Describe gametogenesis and fertilization
  • 2. Describe the major processes of mammalian development from fertilisation through to foetal organogenesis
  • 3. Describe the concepts of gastrulation and neurulation in the vertebrate animal
  • 4. Describe how limb formation and patterning is achieved
  • 5. Explain how master control genes may coordinate the formation of the body plan during development

Syllabus

Lecture Contents 1/ Introduction to the main concepts in development at a cellular and organism level 2/ Gametogenesis and Fertilisation 3/ Early development from cleavage to implantation- contraception 4/ Vertebrate gastrulation 5/ Extra-embryonic development- placenta, yolk sac and germ cells 6/ Epigenetic control of development 7/ Body plans and Segmentation 8/ Neural Development 9/ Limb development 10/ Stem cells 11/ Model organisms

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures. Workshop. Practical sessions

TypeHours
Teaching33
Independent Study117
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed Practicals 25%
Written exam 75%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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