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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2262 Animal Developmental Biology

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Elizabeth Duncan

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally level 1 Biology core modules

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


Over the course of this module students will become familiar with some of the key processes in developmental biology and understand how a number of model organisms have informed our understanding of animal developmental biology.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will:
- have an understanding of some of the major aspects of developmental biology across the animal kingdom.
- be familiar with the biology of some of the model organisms used in biological research across the animal kingdom;

Skills outcomes
Students can expect to:
- build on their ability to think about aspects of science critically;
- practise and improve upon literature searching and reviewing;
- further develop skills in the interpretation of experimental data, record-keeping and scientific report writing.


All animals develop from a single cell, the fertilised oocyte, yet there is an enormous diversity of form and function in the animal kingdom. This module introduces you to the topic of animal developmental biology: the study of processes by which animals, with their complex form and function are formed from a single cell at each generation. Lectures and labs will focus on the major biological processes in animal development and introduce you to the experimental approaches used in the study of development. This course will include some descriptions of the life-cycles of key species that are important in the study of development. These species may either be of classical importance to this subject or crucial to current research to understand the mechanisms behind the developmental processes we can observe.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours81.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

-15 hours of self-study for practicals (5 hours per practical)
- 30 hours of reading around lecture material (3 hours per lecture)
- 20 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
Online Time-Limited assessment3 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: 05/04/2023 13:35:44


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