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DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

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DB 3005
PRINCIPLES OF DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr N Vargesson

Pre-requisite(s): BI 20M3, BI 20B2, BI 25B2

Fertlisation, development of the fertilised egg into an embryo (including gastrulation, neurulation, cavitation), common mechanisms of development shared between vertebrates, discussion of each of the main model organisms used to study developmental biology, why is developmental biology important to society.
The course is designed to provide the principles to allow students to understand later concepts in the Developmental Biology and Human Embryology degree programmes. But also give a basic introduction to the field for non-specialists.

3 one hour lectures per week and 4 three hour practical classes.

1st Attempt: 1 one-and-a-half hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).
Continuous assessment comprises: 1 problem solving exercise, 1 web based assignment.

Resit: 1 one-and-a-half hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).