CELB30100 Developmental Biology

Academic Year 2021/2022

The purpose of the module is to introduce students to the subject of developmental biology; this topic covers all stages in the life of an animal or plant, from a single cell zygote to the death of the organism. The module will emphasise how the inherited genetic information of an organism (its genotype) gives rise to its phenotype. The module will describe basic processes in developmental biology, emphasising the idea that selective gene expression underlies cellular differentiation. Experimental strategies for study of developmental processes, and the relevance of model organisms, are described and students are encouraged to critically assess the advantages and limitations of these approaches. The practical element of the module addresses gene expression.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course the student should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of developmental biology, and the changes that animals and plants undergo throughout their life;
Demonstrate an understanding of the experimental approaches used in the study of developmental biology and of the value and limitations of model organisms;
Relate their knowledge of developmental biology to issues such as birth defects, modern fertility treatments, regenerative medicine, improving crop plants etc.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

22

Laboratories

15

Autonomous Student Learning

88

Total

125

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and practical courses. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is strongly recommended that students who are planning on taking CELB30100 should have taken a basic course in Genetics and/or Cell Biology at Level 2.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of semester exam. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

75

Practical Examination: Examination on material related to practical classes Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No

25


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback to the practical exam will be provided during the lectures. Feedback to the end of semester exam will be available to all students requesting this by email.

Name Role
Dr Darrin Hulsey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Julia Jones Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Rainer Melzer Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Kay Nolan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Antoinette Perry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alison Reynolds Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 32 Thurs 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 32 Wed 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 32 Thurs 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 32 Wed 15:00 - 16:50
Spring