DEV2011 - Early human development from cells to tissues - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Julia Young

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Introduces the structure and function of eukaryotic cells including the diversity of cell structure and function. The concept that the many specialized cell types in the adult human body are derived from a single fertilized egg is emphasized, laying the foundations for future studies of stem cells and embryogenesis. The four primary tissues (epithelium, connective tissue, muscle tissue, nervous tissue) are described and students learn how these tissues develop in the growing embryo. Topics covered include early human development, gametogenesis, fertilization, blastocyst formation and implantation, formation of stem cell lineages, germ layers and early derivatives.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the diverse structures of eukaryotic cells;
  2. Explain how cells and extracellular matrix are arranged in primary tissues;
  3. Outline the key features and stages of early human and animal development;
  4. Identify specialised cell types, primary tissues and the cellular processes that produce diverse tissues;
  5. Explain the origin of major tissue types and how stem cells contribute to tissue renewal;
  6. Outline strategies to experimentally analyse gene and tissue function;
  7. Demonstrate an ability to research published scientific literature and effectively communicate their findings either orally or in writing.


Practical reports: 30%

  • Mid-semester tests: 20%
  • Examination: 50% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

Three lectures and one 3-hour practical class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One of BIO1011, BIO1022, BMS1021 or equivalent