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MB5524: APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 22 Oct 2021 10:15


Course Overview

This course will provide a thorough understanding of the mechanisms regulating embryonic and fetal development. Factors influencing normal and abnormal development, including, genes and the environment, will be discussed. The impact of developmental biology upon reproductive and regenerative medicine, including stem cells, cloning, gene editing and genetic manipulation technologies, as well as the ethical considerations, will be evaluated.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Lynda Erskine

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will provide a thorough understanding of the mechanisms regulating embryonic and fetal development. Factors influencing normal and abnormal development, including, genes and the environment, will be discussed. The impact of developmental biology upon reproductive and regenerative medicine, including stem cells, cloning, gene editing and genetic manipulation technologies, as well as the ethical considerations, will be evaluated.

Assessment is through a combination of written assessment, oral presentation, and by examination.  


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 33, 35

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Debate (25%)
 
2000 Word Written Report (25%)
 
Open book exam (50%) Online

 

Resit for students taking the course in AY20/21

Oral exam assessing understanding of learning outcomes of the course.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateAnalyse how advances in developmental biology and reproductive biology impact on society and the relevant ethical and moral considerations.
ConceptualAnalyseEvaluate the approaches that can be used to manipulate development including gene editing and genomic manipulation, and their advantages and limitations.
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate mechanisms regulating normal and abnormal development – including genetic and environmental influences.
FactualAnalyseEvaluate tools and techniques critical for analysing developmental processes.
FactualEvaluateUnderstand the importance of developmental biology in the development of stem cell technology and regenerative medicine.
ReflectionEvaluateCritically reflect upon advances in developmental biology technology and how these can be used to understand embryonic development and treat disease.

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