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Cell and Developmental Biology

MajorYear: 2019

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Overview

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

Cell & Developmental Biology Major Graduates should demonstrate:

  • a broad knowledge of cell and developmental biology concepts, with particular understanding of cellular mechanisms that underlie some of the processes that lead to formation of living organisms from a single fertilised cell;
  • an awareness of scientific methods and research skills used to investigate cell & developmental biology problems;
  • awareness of ethical issues in cell and developmental biology research, particularly in relation to stem cells, in vitro fertilisation and assisted reproductive technologies;
  • a capacity to evaluate and synthesise information from a wide range of sources in order to communicate ideas, concepts and construct arguments in both non-scientific and scientific language.

Structure

50 credit points

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.

Subject Options

All students complete:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
CEDB30002 Concepts in Cell & Developmental Biology
Semester 1
12.5

Plus at least one of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BCMB30003 Molecular Aspects of Cell Biology
Semester 1
12.5
BIOL30001 Reproductive Physiology
Semester 2
12.5
BOTA30005 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Semester 2
12.5
BTCH30003 Biotechnology in Practice
Semester 1
12.5
CEDB30003 Developmental Biology
Semester 2
12.5
CEDB30004 Stem Cells in Development & Regeneration
Semester 2
12.5

Plus up to two of (if required to make up 50 points):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BCMB30002 Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Semester 1
12.5
BCMB30004 Cell Signalling and Neurochemistry
Semester 2
12.5
BIOL30002 Experimental Reproductive Physiology
Semester 2
12.5
BIOM30003 Biomedical Science Research Project
Summer Term
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
GENE30002 Genes: Organisation and Function
Semester 1
12.5
MIIM30002 Principles of Immunology
Semester 1
12.5
NEUR30005 Developmental Neurobiology
Semester 2
12.5
NEUR30002 Neurophysiology: Neurons and Circuits
Semester 1
12.5
PATH30001 Mechanisms of Human Disease
Semester 1
12.5

Last updated: 14 September 2019