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Postgraduate course

Cell and Developmental Biology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO370
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

The course runs only if enough students enrol.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.

Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to functional cytology and the cellular and molecular mechanisms for embryonic pattern formation of different animal taxa. Themes include: animal architecture, life cycles and reproduction, differential gene expression, cell-to-cell communication and signal transduction pathways, gametogenesis and cell cycles, fertilisation, cleavage patterns and early development, genetic control of Drosophila development, ectodermal and neural development, mesodermal and endodermal development, sex determination.

Learning Outcomes

To give the student a basic understanding in cellular and physiological mechanisms of pattern formation in animals.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory course w/report
  • Poster session

Compulsory activities have to be approved in order to take the exam. Approved compulsory activities are valid in 6 semesters, including the semester of completion.

Forms of Assessment

  • Oral exam, accounts for 50% of total grade.
  • Lab course report, accounts for 30% of total grade.
  • Poster session, accounts for 20% of total grade.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.


Exam information