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Course Overview

  • the business end of embryogenesis – turning a bundle of cells into a functioning baby;
  • the course addresses the development of the major organ systems – where do the lungs, the pancreas, the liver, the blood, the heart etc. come from?  How does the nervous system develop?;
  • we show that the processes are not ‘magic’. There are accessible principles and systems that enable us to begin to understand how tissue development happens; 
  • the course investigates the roles of stem cells in embryology, adult life and cancer;
  • practical classes in working laboratories study the roles of cell proliferation and cell death in embryogenesis

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Martin Collinson

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DB3802 Development of Organ Systems (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Vertebrate organogenesis: The induction in the Ectoderm of Neural tissue, Neural Crest tissue and Epidermis, The Vertebrate Neural Crest, Skin Development, Muscle Development, Bone Development, Kidney Development, The Development of the Heart, Blood vessels and Blood, Development of the Digestive Tract and its Derivatives, Lung Development, The Development of the Limb and The Saga of the Germline. Invertebrate Organogenesis: Imaginal Discs in Drosophila.

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

Formative Assessment

- Practice exam essay allows students to write under exam conditions and receive feedback on their performance. - Case-study exercise with feedback in preparation for summative assessments. - Problem-solving sessions.


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

Course Learning Outcomes


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