Faculty of Science

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Abud


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:

  1. Describe the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate animal development;

  1. Outline the strategies used to study mechanisms of development;

  1. Compare and contrast different developmental model systems;

  1. Demonstrate practical laboratory skills integral to the study of developmental biology including obtaining, documenting and interpreting data;

  1. Discuss and critically analyse developmental biology research papers;

  1. Collaborate effectively as a pair or in a group to complete academic tasks;

  1. Demonstrate effective communication by oral, visual and written means.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and a 3 hour practical or equivalent per week.


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