DEV3022 - Developmental and anatomical basis of human health and disease - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Professor John Bertram


Professor Jane Black
Dr Oksan Gezmish

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit considers the anatomy and 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:

  1. Describe the basic anatomy and development of the major organs and organ systems;
  2. Analyse the genetic and environmental regulation of organogenesis in the major organ systems;
  3. Explain how errors or perturbations in genetic and/or environmental regulation of development can lead to birth defects and outline how suboptimal development can result in or predispose to adult chronic disease;
  4. Relate the relative contributions of endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm in the formation of the tissues and organs of the adult body;
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with experimental strategies and techniques used to identify and study organogenesis and the regulation of organogenesis;

  6. Demonstrate an ability to interpret, discuss and present studies in anatomy and developmental biology research.


Seminars: 30%

Practical reports: 20%

Examination (2 hours): 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

Two lectures and one three-hour practical class per week.

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