Developmental Biology (C1008)
15 credits, Level 5
On this module you’ll explores the process by which an adult organism arises from a fertilised egg.
You will focus on how information in the genome is converted into the complex programmes of cellular behaviour and differentiation, shaping the morphology of the embryo and adult organism.
You’ll learn core concepts of embryology and genetics, emerging from both classical and modern studies of developmental processes in animals, as well as the implications for human health, fertility and disease.
You will also discover key experiments involving a wide-range of methodologies, and recent advances in stem cells, cloning, organoids and assisted reproduction.
24%: Practical (Workshop)
30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 25 hours of contact time and about 125 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc
- Biochemistry BSc
- Biochemistry MSci
- Biology BSc
- Biology MSci
- Biomedical Science BSc
- Biomedical Science MSci
- Genetics BSc
- Genetics MSci
- Medical Neuroscience BSc
- Medical Neuroscience MSci
- Neuroscience BSc
- Neuroscience MSci
- Neuroscience with Psychology BSc
- Zoology BSc
- Zoology MSci