|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 3|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
In this subject students will gain a detailed understanding of the molecular, biochemical and cellular events that regulate the development of specialised cells, tissues and organs during embryonic development. In particular, cell signalling pathways that regulate embryonic induction, tissue interactions and pattern formation, and expression of regulatory genes. A particular focus is the experimental strategies and techniques that are used to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms of development.
Intended learning outcomes
Students will comprehend the molecular, biochemical and cellular events that regulate the development of specialised cells, tissues and organs during embryonic development, particularly cell signalling pathways that regulate embryonic induction, tissue interactions and pattern formation, and expression of regulatory genes; and understand the experimental strategies and techniques that are used to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms of development.
On completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to interpret scientific literature.
- Have the capacity to integrate knowledge across several disciplines.
- Appreciate the usefulness of basic research for understanding and solving current biological problems.
- Have the ability to critically analyse scientific data.
Eligibility and requirements
Any ONE of the following subjects:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|CEDB30002||Concepts in Cell & Developmental Biology||
|CEDB20003||Fundamentals of Cell Biology||
|GENE20001||Principles of Genetics||
|GENE20002||Genes and Genomes||
|BCMB20002||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||
|ZOOL20006||Comparative Animal Physiology||
OR (For BBiomedicine students)
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|BIOM20001||Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Ongoing assessment on theory and practical work during the semester comprising:
- two multiple choice quizzes (30 minutes each), Week 7 and Week 11 (10% each);
- two practical reports to be completed during the practical sessions (2 page short question & answer, each report equivalent to 150 words), Weeks 2-3 and Weeks 5-6 (depending on practical group) (5% each);
- one practical report (1000 words), due Weeks 10-12 (depending on practical group) (10%);
- a 2-hour written examination during the examination period (60%).
Quotas apply to this subject
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Mary Familari Coordinator Robb De Iongh Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 42 contact hours in total including 24 lectures (2 lectures/week) and 3 hours of practicals fortnightly Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017 Last self-enrol date 2 July 2017 Census date 31 August 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 September 2017 Assessment period ends 17 November 2017
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the School of Biomedical Sciences Current Student Information webpage: http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/quota-subjects
Gilbert SF, Developmental Biology, 10th Edition, Sinauer Press
Wolpert L. and Tickle C. Principles of Development, 4th edition, Oxford University Press
Recommended texts and other resources
Wolpert L. Principles of Development, 4th edition, Oxford University Press.
- Subject notes
This subject is available to students enrolled in the NG BSc, BBiomed, pre-2008 BSc, pre-2008 BASc, pre-2008 BBiomedSc.
Experiments involving the use of animals are an essential part of this subject.
A laboratory coat and safety glasses will be required for practical work.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Reproduction and Development Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Informal specialisation Molecular Biotechnology Informal specialisation Animal Cell Biology Informal specialisation Molecular Biotechnology Major Zoology Major Zoology Informal specialisation Zoology Informal specialisation Zoology Informal specialisation Animal Cell Biology Informal specialisation Reproduction and Development Informal specialisation Selective subjects for B-BMED Major Human Structure and Function Major Human Structure and Function Breadth track Cell and Developmental Biology
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
quota subject - application deadline as per http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/quota-subjects
- Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.