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DEV2011 - Early human development from cells to tissues

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Associate Professor Jeff Kerr


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


Introduces the structure and function of eukaryotic cells including the diversity of cell structure and function. The concept that the many specialized cell types in the adult human body are derived from a single fertilized egg is emphasized, laying the foundations for future studies of stem cells and embryogenesis. The four primary tissues (epithelium, connective tissue, muscle tissue, nervous tissue) are described and students learn how these tissues develop in the growing embryo. Topics covered include early human development, gametogenesis, fertilization, blastocyst formation and implantation, formation of stem cell lineages, germ layers and early derivatives.


On completion of this unit students will: appreciate the structural diversity of eukaryotic cells; understand the arrangements of cells and extracellular matrix in primary tissues; have key knowledge of early human development; be able to recognize specialized cell types, primary tissues and stages of early human development both in vivo and in vitro; understand basic imaging techniques including aspects of image capture, storage and reproduction.


Practical reports: 20%
Mid-semester tests: 20%
Final examination: 60%

Contact hours

Three lectures and one 3-hour practical class per week


One of BIO1011, BIO1022, BMS1021 or equivalent



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