Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3315 Developmental Biology

(BL3315 online module handbook version 16)

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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:
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Post-requisite Modules:
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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

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
28-01-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L1: Introduction to the module
2018-9_BL3315_L1
Tuesday
29-01-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L2: Introduction to the principles of Developmental Biology
2018-9_BL3315_L2
Wednesday
30-01-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L3: Caenorhabditis elegans: a nematode model system
2018-9_BL3315_L3

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
04-02-2019
11:00 to 00:00
tba
none


Other O1: Biology careers fair - no lecture
2018-9_BL3315_O1
Tuesday
05-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L4: Regeneration I
2018-9_BL3315_L4
Wednesday
06-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L5: Regeneration II (Hydra practical introduction)
2018-9_BL3315_L5

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
11-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L6: Insect segmentation
2018-9_BL3315_L6
Monday
11-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P1: Regeneration Practical
2018-9_BL3315_P1
Tuesday
12-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L7: Cell polarity
2018-9_BL3315_L7
Tuesday
12-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P2: Regeneration Practical
2018-9_BL3315_P2
Wednesday
13-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L8: Morphogenesis
2018-9_BL3315_L8
Thursday
14-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P3: Regeneration Practical
2018-9_BL3315_P3
Also, assessed talk sign-up and poster introduction and allocation.
Friday
15-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Dave Ferrier

Practical P4: Regeneration Practical
2018-9_BL3315_P4

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L9: Spiralian developmental biology
2018-9_BL3315_L9
Tuesday
19-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L10: Ciona: an invertebrate chordate model system.
2018-9_BL3315_L10
Wednesday
20-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L11: Zebrafish, a genetically tractable vertebrate.
2018-9_BL3315_L11

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L12: Chick and Xenopus: cutting and pasting vertebrate embryos.
2018-9_BL3315_L12
Tuesday
26-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L13: Hox genes and evo-devo I
2018-9_BL3315_L13
Wednesday
27-02-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L14: Hox genes and evo-devo II
2018-9_BL3315_L14

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
04-03-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T1: Problem Solving Question tutorial
2018-9_BL3315_T1
Tuesday
05-03-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
jw80

Other O2: Toad development and colony
2018-9_BL3315_O2
Meet in Bute Lecture Theatre A before moving to frog room.
Wednesday
06-03-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Tutorial T2: Formative multiple choice quiz
2018-9_BL3315_T2

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
11-03-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Helder Ferreira

Lecture L15: Gene regulation in development I
2018-9_BL3315_L15
Tuesday
12-03-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Helder Ferreira

Lecture L16: Gene regulation in development II
2018-9_BL3315_L16
Tuesday
12-03-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier
Dr Helder Ferreira
Other O3: Assessed Talks
2018-9_BL3315_O3
Wednesday
13-03-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Helder Ferreira

Lecture L17: Gene regulation in development III
2018-9_BL3315_L17
Thursday
14-03-2019
09:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Practical P5: Drosophila wing development practical
2018-9_BL3315_P5
Friday
15-03-2019
09:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Practical P6: Drosophila wing development practical
2018-9_BL3315_P6

Reading Week: 16-Mar-2019 to 31-Mar-2019

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Other O4: Formative exam essay practise
2018-9_BL3315_O4
Tuesday
02-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L18: Early mammalian development
2018-9_BL3315_L18
Wednesday
03-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L19: Developmental biology and medicine
2018-9_BL3315_L19

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
08-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L20: Review of techniques in developmental biology
2018-9_BL3315_L20
Tuesday
09-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Lecture L21: Developmental neurobiology
2018-9_BL3315_L21
Wednesday
10-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore

Lecture L22: Developmental neurobiology
2018-9_BL3315_L22

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
tba
tba
Dr Dave Ferrier
Dr Marcus Bischoff
Tutorial T3: Exam essay feedback tutorials
2018-9_BL3315_T3
tutorial room locations will be communicated via e-mail prior to the tutorial.
Tuesday
16-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Workshop W1: Brain organoid debate
2018-9_BL3315_W1
Further details will be provided in advance of this workshop.
Wednesday
17-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Anneliese Norris

Lecture L23: Guest research lecture: Postdoctoral Fellow
2018-9_BL3315_L23

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
22-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Shunsuke Sogabe

Lecture L24: Guest research lecture: Postdoctoral Fellow
2018-9_BL3315_L24
Tuesday
23-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Bell Pettigrew Museum
Dr Dave Ferrier
Prof Frank Gunn-Moore
Other O5: Assessed Poster session
2018-9_BL3315_O5
Posters to be mounted on boards by midday
Wednesday
24-04-2019
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L25: Feedback and revision class
2018-9_BL3315_L25
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%*

Assessment:
Talk
Due by:
12/03/2019 17:00
Feedback due by:
22/03/2019 17:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
60%
Assessment:
Poster
Due by:
23/04/2019 14:00
Feedback due by:
03/05/2019 14:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
20%
Assessment:
Summary
Due by:
24/04/2019 14:00
Feedback due by:
04/05/2019 14:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
20%

(MMS assessment data cached: 25 March 2019 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)

For advice and support on any issue e.g. academic, financial, international, personal or health matters, or if you are unsure of who to go to for help:

Advice & Support Centre

Address: 79 North Street, St Andrews

Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Web: https://www.standrews.ac.uk/ask-a-question/

Tel: 01334 462020

University assistance with urgent matters out of office hours:

Tel: 01334 476161

Web: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/counselling/incrisis/

Biology Teaching Office:

We are happy to hear from you about teaching matters. The School of Biology Teaching Office is open Monday to Friday 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00. School of Biology staff will respond to your emails during these hours. Our team will provide a response to you within three working days.

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 463602/3566

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
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
Prof Frank Gunn-MooreProf Frank Gunn-MooreProfessor of Molecular Neurobiology, Head of School fjg1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Anneliese NorrisResearch Fellowan60@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Shunsuke SogabeResearch Fellowss358@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
  • Stereomicroscopy

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - participating
  • Preparing group poster on given topic
  • Q+A poster session
  • Short group presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
  • 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 safety awareness
  • Reflective analysis
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Concentrations
  • Dilutions
  • Volumes
  • 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)