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:
None*
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

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-01-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L1: Introduction to the module
2017-8_BL3315_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L2: Introduction to the principles of Developmental Biology
2017-8_BL3315_L2
Wednesday
31-01-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L3: Caenorhabditis elegans: a nematode model system
2017-8_BL3315_L3

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-02-2018
11:00 to 00:00
tba
none


Other O1: Biology careers fair - no lecture
2017-8_BL3315_O1
Tuesday
06-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L4: Insect segmentation
2017-8_BL3315_L4
Wednesday
07-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L5: Cell polarity
2017-8_BL3315_L5

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L6: Morphogenesis
2017-8_BL3315_L6
Monday
12-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Practical P1: Regeneration Practical
2017-8_BL3315_P1
Tuesday
13-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L7: Regeneration I
2017-8_BL3315_L7
Tuesday
13-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Practical P2: Regeneration Practical
2017-8_BL3315_P2
Wednesday
14-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L8: Regeneration II
2017-8_BL3315_L8
Thursday
15-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Practical P3: Regeneration Practical
2017-8_BL3315_P3
Friday
16-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Ildiko Somorjai
Dr Dave Ferrier
Practical P4: Regeneration Practical; Talk and Poster introduction and sign-up
2017-8_BL3315_P4

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L9: Gastrulation
2017-8_BL3315_L9
Tuesday
20-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L10: Neurulation
2017-8_BL3315_L10
Wednesday
21-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L11: Segmentation and somitogenesis
2017-8_BL3315_L11

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Ildiko Somorjai

Lecture L12: Metamorphosis
2017-8_BL3315_L12
Tuesday
27-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L13: Spiralian developmental biology
2017-8_BL3315_L13
Wednesday
28-02-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L14: Ciona: an invertebrate chordate model system an invertebrate chordate model system
2017-8_BL3315_L14

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L15: Invertebrate larval ecology I
2017-8_BL3315_L15
Tuesday
06-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Mrs Isobel Maynard
Dr Dave Ferrier
Other O2: Toad development and colony
2017-8_BL3315_O2
Formative multiple choice quiz
Wednesday
07-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Mrs Isobel Maynard
Dr Dave Ferrier
Lecture L16: Toad development and colony
2017-8_BL3315_L16
Formative multiple choice quiz

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L17: Invertebrate larval ecology II
2017-8_BL3315_L17
Monday
12-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier
Mr Tom Barton-Owen
Other O3: Assessed Talks
2017-8_BL3315_O3
Tuesday
13-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Helder Ferreira

Lecture L18: Gene regulation in development
2017-8_BL3315_L18
Tuesday
13-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier
Mr Tom Barton-Owen
Other O4: Assessed Talks
2017-8_BL3315_O4
Wednesday
14-03-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Helder Ferreira

Lecture L19: Gene regulation in development
2017-8_BL3315_L19
Thursday
15-03-2018
09:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Practical P5: Drosophila wing development practical
2017-8_BL3315_P5
Friday
16-03-2018
09:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Marcus Bischoff
Dr Ildiko Somorjai
Practical P6: Drosophila wing development practical
2017-8_BL3315_P6
9:00-10:00 Review of Regeneration practical

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L20: Formative exam essay practise
2017-8_BL3315_L20
Tuesday
03-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Marcus Bischoff

Lecture L21: Early mammalian development
2017-8_BL3315_L21
Wednesday
04-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L22: Developmental biology and medicine
2017-8_BL3315_L22

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L23: Developmental neurobiology of spinal cord I
2017-8_BL3315_L23
Tuesday
10-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Gareth Miles

Lecture L24: Developmental neurobiology of spinal cord II
2017-8_BL3315_L24
Wednesday
11-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
tba
tba
Dr Dave Ferrier
Dr Marcus Bischoff
Tutorial T1: Exam essay feedback tutorials
2017-8_BL3315_T1
tutorial locations will be communicated via e-mail

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L25: Hox genes and Evo-Devo I
2017-8_BL3315_L25
Tuesday
17-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L26: Hox genes and Evo-Devo II
2017-8_BL3315_L26
Wednesday
18-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Shunsuke Sogabe

Lecture L27: Guest research lecture: Postdoctoral Fellow
2017-8_BL3315_L27

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
23-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Mr Tom Barton-Owen

Lecture L28: Guest research lecture: PhD student
2017-8_BL3315_L28
Tuesday
24-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Bell Pettigrew Museum
Dr Dave Ferrier
Dr Helder Ferreira
Other O5: Assessed Poster session
2017-8_BL3315_O5
Posters to be mounted on boards by midday
Wednesday
25-04-2018
11:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
BUT:A8 - Lecture Theatre A
Dr Dave Ferrier

Lecture L29: Feedback and revision class
2017-8_BL3315_L29
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: Reading List

Click for BL3315 reading list

BL3315: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Talk
Due by:
13/03/2018 17:00
Feedback due by:
23/03/2018 17:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
60%
Assessment:
Poster
Due by:
24/04/2018 17:00
Feedback due by:
04/05/2018 17:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
20%
Assessment:
Summary
Due by:
25/04/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
05/05/2018 12:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
20%

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


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
Mrs Isobel MaynardSenior Technicianim16@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 SomorjaiMASTS Lecturerimls@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)