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ANT3052 - Human development from conception to birth

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor Nigel Wreford


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit covers both classical embryology, which is largely based on a description of the morphological changes occurring during development, and modern concepts of the underlying molecular mechanisms. In particular cellular differentiation, the specification of cell fate and determination of body axes will be examined. Detailed discussion of limb development, sex determination, renal and facial development as well as stem cell biology and its therapeutic potential will be included. Students will also develop skills in complementary practical classes. Oral and written communication skills will be emphasized in practicals and the presentation of reports.


On completion of this unit, students shall have a basic understanding of the morphological changes occurring in the process of embryogenesis, understand the developmental basis for the definitive anatomy observed in the adult, understand the molecular basis of morphogenesis, have a detailed understanding of the molecular basis of cell fate decisions and axis formation, have detailed morphological and molecular understanding of limb development, sex determination, renal and neural development.


Practical reports and group presentations: 30%
Examination (MCQ - 60 questions): 50%
Essay (2000 words): 20%

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical class per week


6 points of a level 2 or level 3 unit taught by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology