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The subject develops a student’s knowledge of cell and developmental biology, introduced in second year subjects. The subject is arranged for students to gain an understanding of the approaches used to study cell biology and developmental biology and an appreciation of the major concepts involved in the development of a range of organisms – including microbes, invertebrates, vertebrates and plants. A particular focus is the range of approaches (genetic, cellular, anatomical and physiological) that are used to investigate biological systems and address current biological and biomedical problems, including human development, health and disease. This multi-disciplinary subject is co-taught by staff in the departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Botany, Genetics, and Zoology. A feature of this course is the application of this knowledge in pure and applied research and thus will provide a platform for students in many Life Science majors, including Biotechnology and Cell & Developmental Biology majors.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain current concepts concerning the molecular basis of genome structure and regulation of gene transcription and translation, including regulation by non-coding RNA
- Explain how cell and tissue interactions shape a developing organism
- Describe genetic, molecular and cellular techniques, including genome editing, used to investigate developmental and cell biology processes in various organisms
- Analyse and evaluate scientific data and literature, integrating relevant concepts and skills
- Synthesise scientific literature to construct arguments and communicate findings to expert and non-expert audiences
- Apply scientific research and quantitative skills to develop broad experimental approaches to investigate molecular and cellular functions involved in developmental processes
- Discuss the ethical impacts of cell and developmental biology research methods and how research outcomes potentially impact on society
- Work effectively in diverse groups to investigate and communicate concepts in cell and developmental biology
In completing this subject, students should have:
- Ability to interpret scientific literature.
- Capacity to integrate knowledge across several disciplines.
- Appreciated the usefulness of basic research for understanding and solving current biological problems.
- Ability to critically analyse scientific data.
Last updated: 20 February 2024