Cells and Development: Theory (HSTO3003)


The main emphasis of this unit of study concerns the mechanisms that control animal development. Early developmental processes including fertilisation, cleavage, and gastrulation leading to the formation of the primary germ layers and subsequent body organs are described in a range of animals, mainly vertebrates. Stem cells of both embryonic and adult origin will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the parts played by inductive cell and tissue interactions in cell and tissue differentiation, morphogenesis and pattern formation. This will be studied at both cellular and molecular levels.

Further unit of study information


Four 1-hour theory lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week


One 2-hour exam, tutorial research papers and Seminar (100%)


Gilbert, SF. Developmental Biology. 10th edition. Sinauer Associates Inc. 2013.

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

For BSc students: ANAT2008 or PHSI3005 or PHSI3905. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED including (BMED2401 and at least two from BMED2402 and BMED2403 and BMED2406) OR (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2803).

(i) An understanding of the basic structure of vertebrates; (ii) An understanding of elementary biochemistry and genetics.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.