Differentiation & Development
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Biomedical Sciences, Human Development
Taught In English
BIOM2011 or BIOC2000 or BIOL2202
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course seeks to develop a solid foundation in the basic concepts of differentiation and developmental biology.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact3 Lecture hours, 3 Contact hoursAssessmentPractical 2 Laboratory ReportType: Laboratory ReportLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3, 5, 6Due Date: Mid-Late SemesterWeight: 10%Task Description: Practical 2 (Drosophila Egg Staining Prac) Laboratory Report. Due 1 week after your practical.Outline for Wiki Group PageType: Online Wiki AssignmentLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 7Due Date: Early SemesterWeight: 5%Task Description: Groups of approximately 4 students will work together to produce an interactive wiki page on a given topic in developmental biology. The details for the final wiki assignment are shown in the description of the Wiki Assignment (which is worth 20%).This assessement item is the production of an outline for the wiki page and will constitute a breakdown of the format and "subtopics" that will be covered by the page. The purpose of the outline is two pronged; groups get together and think about the content of their pages early in the semester to allow for better time management, and the direction of the assignment can be evaluated before major investments of time and energy are put into the wiki page. The outline will be assessed on the detail of the wiki page framework, the organisation of the proposed page, evidence of creativity and whether there is a demonstration of insight into how the topic will be presented (visually and content).This assessment item is a group submission, all members of the group will recieve the same mark for the outline of the wiki page.Group Wiki AssignmentType: Online Wiki AssignmentLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7Due Date: Late SemesterWeight: 20%Task Description: Groups of approximately 4 students will work together to produce an interactive wiki page on a given topic in developmental biology. The wiki page is expected to be up-to-date with the current literature on the given topic and be organized in an effective way as to communicate the state of knowledge to a wider audience. In addition, the final page must observe all standards with respect to copyright and source referencing. Creativity and a professional style are highly encouraged and required for maximum marks.This is a group assessment item, and one wiki page per group is submitted. However, there is a small component of the overall grade for this assignment that is generated from peer marking, so not every group member will necessarily receive the same grade for the wiki page.Practical 1 Laboratory ReportType: Laboratory ReportLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 4, 5, 6Due Date: Mid-SemesterWeight: 10%Task Description: Practical 1 (Chicken egg prac) Laboratory Report. Due 1 week after your practical.Quiz 1Type: Online QuizLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 5Due Date: Early SemesterWeight: 5%Reading: 0 minutesDuration: 30 minutesFormat: Multiple-choiceTask Description: First online quiz - covers material from weeks 1-4Quiz 2Type: Online QuizLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Due Date: Mid SemesterWeight: 5%Reading: 0 minutesDuration: 30 minutesFormat: Multiple-choiceTask Description: Second online quiz - covers material from weeks 5-8Quiz 3Type: Online QuizLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 5Due Date: Late SemesterWeight: 5%Reading: 0 minutesDuration: 30 minutesFormat: Multiple-choiceTask Description: Third online quiz - covers material from weeks 9-12BIOM2208 End of Semester ExamType: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Due Date: Examination PeriodWeight: 40%Reading: 10 minutesDuration: 120 minutesFormat: Multiple-choice, Short answerTask Description: The number of questions/marks on the final exam by any given lecturer in the course will be proportional to the amount of content delivered by that lecturer. Details of the examination format will be provided in class and on the course Blackboard site during the semester.
- Cultivate an understanding of the basic principles of cellular differentiation, the major questions facing the discipline of developmental biology and the modern genetic and cellular methods and strategies used to address these questions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how a cell comes to express only a subset of all possible transcripts and hence differentiate into a more specialised cell.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how interaction with the local environment and neighboring cells influences individual cells to cooperate to produce form.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the basic body plan is established
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the usefulness of vertebrate and invertebrate organisms as models for the study of mammalian developmental biology.
- Achieve demonstrated competency in some basic observational and experimental techniques in developmental biology, including acquisition and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data
- Work together in a group to design and implement a scientific review of current literature and to communicate the results to a wider audience in an online format.
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