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DEV3011 - Fundamentals of developmental processes

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

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Dr Helen Abud


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit begins with an introduction to the concepts and experimental systems in developmental biology. How gene expression is regulated during development and thereby leads to the development of differentiated cells and tissues is considered. Communication between cells during development is described, as well as the key concepts of induction and competence. Some of the key early developmental processes and experimental strategies for studying developmental biology are covered. Finally, patterning and development of the body plan are described.


On completion of this unit students will be able to: demonstrate knowledge of the major mechanisms that regulate animal development, describe the strategies used to study mechanisms of development, compare and contrast different developmental model systems, perform and evaluate practical laboratory techniques integral to the study of developmental biology and be able to interpret and discuss modern developmental biology research papers.


Mid-semester on line-based MCQ test: 10%
Seminars: 25%
Practical reports: 15%
Final examination: 50%.

Contact hours

Two lectures, a two hour practical class and a one hour seminar per week.


DEV2011, DEV2022 and MOL2011; or BMS1062, BMS2011, BMS2021 and BMS2031.



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