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BLGY3251 Animal Developmental Biology

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Professor Ian Hope

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Molecular Biology has provided links between Developmental Genetics and Developmental Biology and thereby given us an understanding of the development of living organisms that was previously inaccessible.

The processes by which complex biological structures are generated are still being revealed.

In this module we will introduce students to our current understandings of developmental mechanisms and explore how this understanding has been achieved.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- understand current theories concerning the origin of structure and pattern during an animals development
- understand the development of selected species of animals, such that by the end of the module, a student can assimilate research papers in the field of Developmental Biology; and
- appreciate recent and future developments in these areas.


This module covers our current understanding of the mechanisms of some key developmental processes. Axis determination, embryonic patterning and inductive signalling in animal development will be addressed.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 72 hours of reading around lecture material (4.5 hours per lecture)
- 12 hours revision for the exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/04/2019


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