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Objectives and Content
The course aims to give fundamental understanding of the processes that control embryonic development.
The course gives an introduction to basic concepts and general principles in developmental biology. The main features of the embryonic development of important animal models (e.g. mouse, frog, fruit flies) will be described to provide a basis for explaining the underlying control mechanisms. The course also introduces genetic and experimental methods that are being used to investigate these mechanisms. Special attention will be paid to explaining the regulation of the early steps of embryonic development. It will also be explained how mutations in such developmental genes can cause malformations. Opportunities to visit in house developmental organisms (Drosophila, Zebrafish as well as some exotic aquatic organisms) will be possible for those interested.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- can explain basic concepts, principles and methods in developmental biology.
- can describe the main features of embryonic development of important animal models.
- can explain mechanisms that specify body axes and germ layers.
- can describe how genetic control mechanisms determine the skeletal pattern along the body axis.
- can explain how mutations in developmental genes can cause malformations.
- is able to use basic concepts and principles in developmental biology.
- is able to analyze and interpret simple data from experimental embryology and developmental genetics.
- can communicate basic knowledge in developmental biology.
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.
It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (email@example.com). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.
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Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Teaching and learning methods
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Written exam (4 hours)
Examination support materials: Non