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Last modified: 10 Nov 2021 16:00

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Neil Vargesson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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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.

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 Computer Practical during University weeks 10 - 11, 13
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 12

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Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

15% Embryology Workshop

15% Group Oral Presentations 

20% Multiple Choice Questions (throughout the course)

50% Essay (1500 words)

Alternative Resit Assessment

Online Exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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