DEV3011 - Fundamentals of developmental processes - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Helen Abud


Associate Professor Craig Smith

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


DEV2011 and DEV2022; or BMS1062, BMS2011, BMS2021 and BMS2031. (Note that students in course 3543 Bachelor of Biotechnology are exempt from this rule and only need to have passed DEV2022 to enrol.)


This unit begins with an introduction to the concepts and experimental systems in developmental biology. How gene expression is regulated during development and thereby leads to the development of differentiated cells and tissues is considered. Communication between cells during development is described, as well as the key concepts of induction and competence. Some of the key early developmental processes and experimental strategies for studying developmental biology are covered. Finally, patterning and development of the body plan are described.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate animal development;
  2. Outline the strategies used to study mechanisms of development;
  3. Compare and contrast different developmental model systems;
  4. Demonstrate practical laboratory skills integral to the study of developmental biology including obtaining, documenting and interpreting data;
  5. Discuss and critically analyse developmental biology research papers;
  6. Collaborate effectively as a pair or in a group to complete academic tasks;
  7. Demonstrate effective communication by oral, visual and written means.


Mid-semester MCQ test: 10%

Seminars: 25%

Practical reports: 15%

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 1-hour lectures and a 3 hour practical or equivalent per week.

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