Undergraduate Course: Biology of Regeneration (DEBI10032)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will explore the molecular basis for tissue regeneration. When does regeneration rely on specialised stem cells, and when is it achieved through 'reprogramming" of differentiated functional cells? What do these mechanisms of reprogramming tell us about how the differentiated state is normally stabilised? Is there a trade-off between the stability of organ structure that is required for complex functions and the flexibility that allows for regeneration?
Are there common strategies for regeneration used by both plants and animals, having been discovered independently during the evolution of multicellular organisms? Why is it that mammals can regenerate some organs, for example the liver, very effectively whilst others, such as the spinal cord, do not regenerate at all? And why is it that other animals, such as fish or newts, can regenerate their spinal cord while we cannot?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will gain an appreciation of the molecular basis for tissue regeneration.
- Students will critically evaluate scientific papers.
- Students will sharpen skills to communicate and discuss complex issues both orally and in writing.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and enquiry.
Knowledge and understanding of Developmental Biology.
|Course organiser||Dr Sally Lowell
Tel: (0131 6)50 5864
|Course secretary||Mrs Carolyn Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8651