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BB50250: Developmental genetics and disorders

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 15      [equivalent to 30 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 300
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX-TH 50%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Research Presentation* (CW 50%)
  • Open book examination of 24 hours duration* (EX-TH 50%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to provide students knowledge of contemporary advances in the field of developmental genetics and an understanding of the associated the human disorders. Students considering taking this option should have an interest in the understanding the molecular genetics of animal development, stem cell biology and its applications in regenerative medicine.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit you will be able to:
* Apply broad knowledge gained from current literature to compare the basic principles underlying development and organogenesis in vertebrate and invertebrate organisms, and discuss the complexity of gene regulatory networks;
* Evaluate the diverse experimental approaches used in the study of developmental genetics;
* Present a research seminar to demonstrate an integrative and critically evaluative approach to the applications of developmental biology in understanding and treating human diseases.

Topics include gametogenesis and fertilisation, mammalian preimplantation development, stem cells, iPSCs, imprinting, cell adhesion, cell movement, morphogenesis and gastrulation, systems development, epithelial-mesenchymal interaction, cell polarity, limb development and regeneration, developmental defects and wound healing.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB50250 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM50 : Integrated PhD Molecular Biosciences (Medical Biosciences)
  • TSBB-AFM50 : MSc Molecular Biosciences (Medical Biosciences)