Cell and Developmental Biology
This major provides students with broad understanding of cell structure and function and explores genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of development in a range of organisms and experimental models. It highlights the research methodologies used and how knowledge is applied to improve the human condition. Students should develop specialist skills in understanding cellular processes and experimental approaches used to investigate them. They should also develop generic skills in integrating information from diverse fields, communication and presentation of information, teamwork and independent learning that will equip them for a range of careers in research, biotechnology, government agencies, agriculture, medico-legal and journalism.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to:
- Explain a broad range of cell and developmental biology concepts, with particular emphasis on cellular mechanisms that underlie some of the processes that lead to formation of living organisms from a single fertilised cell
- Apply scientific methods, quantitative skills and research skills to investigate cell and developmental biology problems
- Discuss ethical issues in cell and developmental biology research, particularly in relation to stem cells, in vitro fertilisation and assisted reproductive technologies
- Analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide range of sources in order to communicate ideas, concepts and construct arguments for both expert and non-expert audiences
- Work collaboratively in diverse groups on activities within or outside the laboratory.
Last updated: 30 January 2024