Semester of Instruction
Autumn. The course runs only if enough students enrol.
Objectives and Content
The course aims to give fundamental understanding of the processes that control embryonic development.
The course gives an introduction to basic concepts and general principles in developmental biology, which also includes evolutionary relations. Moreover, the main features of the embryonic development of important animal models (e.g. mouse, frog, fruit flies) will be described to provide a basis for explaining the underlying control mechanisms. The course also introduces genetic and experimental methods that are being used to investigate these mechanisms. Special attention will be paid to explaining the regulation of the early steps of embryonic development. In addition, the course will give an introduction to the genetic control mechanisms that govern development of the skeleton and the central nervous system. It will also be explained how mutations in such developmental genes can cause malformations.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- can explain basic concepts, principles and methods in developmental biology.
- can describe the main features of embryonic development of important animal models.
- can explain mechanisms that specify body axes and germ layers.
- can describe how genetic control mechanisms determine the skeletal pattern along the body axis.
- can explain how mutations in developmental genes can cause malformations.
- is able to use basic concepts and principles in developmental biology.
- is able to analyze and interpret simple data from experimental embryology and developmental genetics.
- can communicate basic knowledge in developmental biology.
Required Previous Knowledge
Basic knowledge of molecular biology (equivalent to MOL100).
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Written exam (4 hours)
Examination support materials: Non
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 4 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam