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DB3503: THE EARLY EMBRYO (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

  • this course takes us back to the very beginning of embryonic development and explores the fascinating process of how the fertilised egg develops into the complex multicellular embryo;
  • we will explore the embryology of axis induction and germ layer formation and the cellular processes driving morphogenesis;
  • we will illustrate fundamental molecular mechanisms that regulate early embryonic development; and how many of the same mechanisms are now found to regulate also organ development and stem cells during regeneration;
  • we will also discuss which scientific experiments gave us this knowledge and what tools and methods are used to study early embryos

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Stefan Hoppler

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course covers the following topics. Fertilisation: the making of a new organism, Drosophila: The Making of a Fly (Nisslein-Vollhard/Wieschaus screen and beyond), C. elegans: The Making of the Worm, Breaking the Symmetry: Axis Formation in Amphibians and other Vertebrates, Morphogenetic Movements and Cell Migration.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Develop'l Biol)
  • BSc Human Embryology & Dev'l Biology
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Dev Biology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Biobusiness
  • MSci in Biomedical Sci (Developm'l Biology) with Ind Placm't
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Develo Biolo & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

61 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

  • One 90-minute essay examination (70%)
  • One practical report (based on course practical classes) with essay (introduction and discussion) (30%)

Resit

  • One 90-minute essay examination (70%)
  • Previous continuous assessment (30%)

Formative Assessment

  • Case-study exercise with feedback in preparation for summative assessments
  • Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen
  • Problem-solving sessions

Feedback

  • Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments
  • Problem solving questions will be discussed during practical
  • Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content
  • Feedback on problem-based learning exercise during practical

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