Cells and Development: Practical (Adv) (HSTO3004)

UNIT OF STUDY

This advanced unit of study complements HSTO3003 (Cells and Development: Theory) and is catered to provide students with laboratory research experience leading to Honours and higher degrees. It will primarily cover the design and application of experimental procedures involved in cell and developmental biology, using appropriate molecular and cellular techniques to answer developmental questions raised in HSTO3003. This unit of study will promote hands on experience with different animal models (for example, from sea urchins, zebrafish, chick, rats and mice), allowing students to observe and examine developing and differentiating tissues at the macroscopic and microscopic level. The main emphasis of this unit of study will concentrate on practical approaches to understanding the mechanisms that control animal development. Some projects may examine early developmental processes such as fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation and the formation of the primary germ layers and tissues. The parts played by stem cells and inductive cell and tissue interactions in differentiation, morphogenesis and pattern formation can also be examined at cellular and molecular levels. Note that some specialist practical classes may take place off the main campus.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

One 1-hour tutorial and two 2-hour practicals per week

Assessment

One 90 minute exam and/or Practical class reports and Seminar (100%)

Textbooks

Gilbert SF. Developmental Biology. 9th edition. Sinauer Associates Inc. 2010.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Unless special permission is granted from the course coordinator, this advanced unit of study is only available to select students who have achieved one of the following: For BSc students: Credit or better in either ANAT2008 or PHSI3005 or PHSI3905. For B

Corequisites

HSTO3003

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Cross-institutional study

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