Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3315 Developmental Biology

(BL3315 online module handbook version 13)

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image: Homeotic four-wing fly

This module deals with the fascinating and rapidly changing field of Developmental Biology. It examines how an organism develops from an egg to an adult (including instances of metamorphosis), as well as how lost or damaged body parts can be regenerated. Also the interactions between development and ecology and evolution will be considered. There will be a focus on some of the typical model species used in developmental biology, including fruit flies, nematodes, mice and frogs, but this will be expanded to include other valuable comparative models, such as sea squirts, annelids, cnidarians and flatworms. The course will encompass multiple biological levels, from molecules, through cells and embryos, to the environment and the organism's evolutionary history. As such this module is of wide relevance to a range of other biological disciplines.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Dave Ferrier
dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463480
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass 2 modules from {BL2301, BL2302, BL2304, BL2308}*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL3315: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL3315 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3315: Assessment

3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 15 November 2018 23:20:10.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Dave Ferrier dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Dave Ferrier dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Dave Ferrier dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Dave Ferrier dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL3315: Contributing Staff

Dr Dave Ferrier

Dr Dave Ferrier
(Module Organiser)

Reader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institutedekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Mr Tom Barton-OwenPostgraduate Studenttb299@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Marcus BischoffDr Marcus BischoffLecturermb273@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Helder FerreiraDr Helder FerreiraLecturerhcf2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Dave FerrierDr Dave Ferrier
(Module Organiser)
Reader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institutedekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gareth MilesDr Gareth MilesReadergbm4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Shunsuke SogabeResearch Fellowss358@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Ildiko  SomorjaiDr Ildiko SomorjaiSenior Lecturer MASTSimls@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Chris ToddProf Chris ToddProfessor of Marine Ecologycdt@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3315: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL3315 successfully should be able to:

  • Understand the principles and historical background that underpin modern developmental biology.
  • Appreciate the place of developmental biology in biological science and the rapid new advances being made.
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3315: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Compound Microscopy
  • Fixing and preserving specimens
  • Measuring structures using microscopes
  • Purpose and practice of dissection
  • Species identification (Invertebrates)
  • Stereomicroscopy

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - participating
  • Preparing group poster on given topic
  • Q+A poster session
  • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Handout (for presentation or poster)
  • Summary
  • Timed essay
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding literature
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Generating questions
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Designing experiments
  • Generate class dataset
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)