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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Jane Black


This unit considers the development of the major organs and organ systems of the body. The classical morphogenetic steps/stages in organ development are described, as well as the most up to date knowledge of the molecular/genetic and foetal/maternal environmental regulation of these morphogenetic processes. Organ systems covered include musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, central nervous, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and reproductive. Students will learn how abnormalities in genetic and/or environmental regulation of development lead to birth defects as well as chronic diseases in adulthood.


On completion of this Unit students will be able to: demonstrate sound knowledge of the development of the major organs of the body; analyse the genetic and environmental regulation of organogenesis; evaluate how errors in development lead to birth defects and adult disease; demonstrate familiarity with contemporary developmental biology techniques and demonstrate an ability to critically analyse research papers in the field of development biology


Seminars: 30%
Practical reports: 20%
Final examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Jane Black

Contact hours

Two lectures, two hour practical class and one hour seminar per week.