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MB5524: APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 02 Nov 2022 13:51


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.  


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 26 - 35

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 36 Feedback Weeks 38

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Reflective Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 32 Feedback Weeks 34

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Feedback

The report is based on the Debate and is a reassessment of the evidnece discussed to form a recommendation to a Governing Body based on the topic of the debate, to include ethics and regulatory requirements.

Reports due one week after debate and feedback provided 1 week later - to look at recmmendation accuracy, content andif the evidence discussed relates to the recommendation.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Debate

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 32 Feedback Weeks 32

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Feedback

This debate will allow each student to present a role/opinion/expertise on a topic in developmental biology. They will be expected to debate their given role with the other students. The idea is to discuss latest advances in the field and discuss ethical/moral concerns.

The debate will be in Week 32 and each student assessed on their input, subject material discussed and question asking of other students. Verbal feedback will be provided on the day.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 26 Feedback Weeks 26

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Preparation for the Debate and for the Written Report.

To discuss how a debate works and issue roles for each student to study beforehand.

To go over the written report and what is required and the level of detail needed.

No formal feedback given - as this will be an information tutorial on how to prepare and present debate and report.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Resit Assessments

Oral Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Oral exam assessing understanding of learning outcomes of the course.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

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