Cell and Developmental Biology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cell and Developmental Biology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Human Biology, Human Development

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOL 111, 114

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5 - 6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    This course expands on topics introduced in first year cell biology, covering the structure and behaviour of cells in terms of underlying molecular events, and the role of cells in the physiology and development of the whole organism.

    Course content
    This course covers aspects of cell biology and developmental biology. It integrates into these subjects, concepts from biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, and immunology. Topics introduced in first-year cell biology are covered more expansively and include the structure and behaviour of cells in terms of underlying molecular events, the role of cells in the physiology and development of the whole organism.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Integrate knowledge of aspects of cell and developmental biology and demonstrate this understanding through their ability to communicate and use critical and creative thinking in the in-term assessments and final examination
    • Synthesize individual concise, clear laboratory reports incorporating a summary of experimental results developed from collaborative work in the laboratory
    • Use graphical and visual data and problem solving skills to communicate their results in their laboratory reports and lab tests
    • Creatively resynthesize information they have learnt in the laboratories, lectures, experimental results with their existing knowledge and communicate this information to each other, and to their lecturers in their assessment exercises and tests
    • Work independently in the course as a whole and specifically in the Creative Concise Communication Exercise to analyse and critically assess both information gained and the scientific method used in biomedical research published in selected peer-reviewed publications
    • Communicate their understanding of the impact of research findings from selected peer-reviewed publications on biomedical research and society in the Creative Concise Communication Exercise and other assessments

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