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Module code:BIOL2010(Add to my personalised list)
Title:The Biology of Development
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Dr Yoshiyuki Yamamoto with Dr Hazel Smith
Organiser's location:Anatomy Building
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Available for students in Year(s):2,3,
Module prerequisites:Background in molecular cell biology and genetics. For students on modular degree programmes BIOL1005 (Introduction to Genetics) AND BIOC1001/8/9 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) OR CELL1001 (Biochemistry/Cells and Development) OR BIOL2004 (Fundamentals of Molecular Biology). MBBS years 1&2. 
Module outline:An introduction to the modern science of development covering a variety of organisms and discussing evolutionary, cellular and genetic bases of animal development. Specific topics covered include development of the embryonic axes in insect and vertebrate models; the role of homeodomain proteins and other developmental regulators in setting up the body plan; the development of the vertebrate limb and the nervous system; evolutionary development and the biological basis of ageing.  
Module aims:To give students an introduction to modern developmental biology covering a variety of organisms and discussing the evolutionary, cellular and genetic bases of animal development. 
Module objectives:After taking this course students should be able to describe the process and underlying mechanisms of development from fertilisation to adulthood in a number of model systems including, echinoderms, insects, and vertebrates. They should understand various approaches to studying development (comparative/descriptive, experimental embryology and genetic) and ugenral concepts including cell fate, positional information and axes determinating. They should also be able to discuss gene regulation/regulatory networks and their role in development, cellular differentiation and ageing.  
Key skills provided by module:Peer reviewing and writing essays. Critical analysis of the scientific literature. Microscopy and observation of early development. Interpretation of gene expression patterns. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:One essay 20.00%.
Practical write up 10.00%.
Unseen two-hour written examination 70.00%. 
Notes:To register for this module for the 2012/13 academic year please ensure you meet the prerequisites listed above (where applicable) and, if you do, select it using Portico and await Teaching and Parent Department approval. 
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