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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 (provisional):Dr Yoshiyuki Yamamoto
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Available for students in Year(s):2, 3
Module prerequisites:Basic cell biology (e.g. CELL1001/2) and molecular genetics (e.g. BIOC1001/9 and BIOL1005) or developmental biology (ANAT1003) 
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. The study of development is one of the most exciting areas of modern biology. As a field which unites morphology with molecular genetics, it is relevant to biologists studying programmes from zoology to human genetics and biomedical sciences. Specific topics covered include development of the embryonic axes in mouse, fly, frog and sea urchin 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. Development and evolution and development and 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 through to adulthood and beyond in a number of model systems. They should understand various approaches to studying development (comparative/descriptive, experimental embryology and genetic) and general concepts including cell fate, positional information and axes determination. 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:Experimental observation, essay writing research and peer review. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Practical write up 10.00%
Unseen two-hour written examination 70.00%
One essay 20.00% 
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