Undergraduate Course: Developmental Biology 3 (BILG09010)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course studies development of the complex organism from the fertilised egg, leading from the control of gene expression, to cell interaction, to the formation of tissues and organs. It considers the development of many types of animal and plant embryos and also post-embryonic process (control of growth, tissue maintenance, flowering, etc). Major sections of the course include pattern formation (cell lineage, cell interaction); control of gene expression; genetic analysis of the nematode and in Drosophila (the oocyte, the embryo and imaginal discs); mammalian development; plant development. The course consists of lectures, laboratory practicals, small-group seminars and data-analysis sessions.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 26,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Normally two items on in-course assessment plus one 2.5 hour exam.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:30|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To provide an introduction to the processes of development and the mechanisms by which they are achieved. The course will integrate, wherever possible, results from different experimental systems (vertebrate and invertebrate animals, plants) and from different experimental approaches (embryology, developmental genetics, cell and molecular biology).
- To develop the skill of observing developing organisms and recording by notes and drawings; to introduce some of the surgical and cellular experimental techniques of developmental biology.
- To give training in analysing primary research papers, and in assessing experimental evidence and its interpretation.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Val Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 6424
|Course secretary||Mr Samuel Bishop
Tel: (0131 6)51 3404
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