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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • course covers many of the core concepts and processes which are essential for advanced study in Biomedical and related sciences;
  • you will gain cutting edge, in depth and focussed knowledge of embryological techniques, tools and their practical applications, and the fundamental principles of reproductive biology delivered in a research-driven environment;
  • this course will prepare you for advanced study of developmental biology and human embryology;
  • practicals are designed to provide a 3D understanding of embryology as well as an in-depth study of a model organism, providing transferrable skills as problem solving and web page/blog design,further developing graduate attributes and employability

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Neil Vargesson

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Course Description

The course covers reproductive biology, fertilisation, development of the fertilised egg into an embryo (including gastrulation, neurulation, cavitation), the common mechanisms of development shared between vertebrates, discussion of each of the main model organisms used to study developmental biology, an introduction to the embryological and genetic tools available to developmental biologists to understand developmental processes and investigate why developmental and reproductive biology is 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.

Further Information & Notes

Teaching Breakdown
  • 2 computer based practicals during weeks 11 - 14
  • 5 lectures during weeks 10 - 13
  • 2 lectures during week 14

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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%).

Formative Assessment

- Problem-solving sessions.


- Feedback on problem-based learning exercise.

Course Learning Outcomes


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