Course code BIO320

BIO320 Developmental Biology

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Course responsible: Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course runs in the spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Every years.
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Course contents:
Developmental biology covers how cells first get their identity and might differentiate according to cell lineage, position and other factors. Practical challenges as cancer cell loss of regulation, is also within the topics covered. Examples of model organisms in developmental biology are covered, with emphasis on fruit fly, C elegans, Arabidopsis, macro algae and stem cell regulation. Principles of development and the significance of genetic regulation are illustrated by examples. The students will write a paper of the students" own choice, where they go in-depth into a particular area (project title selected in collaboration with teacher), make the course up-to-date and varied through the use of recent primary research articles.
Learning outcome:
Understanding advanced gene regulation underlying the specification of different cell types in multicellular organisms. Students are to gain insight into recent research in the field of model organisms such as the fruit fly and Arabidopsis. The students are to gain a deeper understanding of one topic in developmental biology through the title/topic for the semester assignments. Another aim is for students to be able to develop an understanding of choice of methods and research approaches used to solve problems and questions in developmental biology.
Learning activities:
Lectures, introduction to all topics by students, semester assignments and colloquia.
Teaching support:
Canvas and the teacher 
Selected chapters from the text book Wolpert et al. Principles of Development. Primary Scientific Literature and the written paper from the students.
BIO200  or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
A general understanding of how genes are used, regulated and function is helpful, and so are general understanding of research, hypothesis testing and mutant studies.
Mandatory activity:
Presentation of an introduction to a lecture, own written and presented term paper and the presentations of the others term paper (students shall be attending at least 70% of the presentations)
The semester assignments make up 40% of the grade, activities during lectures 10% and the oral examination makes up the other 50%. Both the assay and the oral exam must be passed.
Nominal workload:
125 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Typically 12x2 lectures, writing and presentation of own semester assignment, and attendance at the presentations of the other semester assignments
An external examiner evaluates the written paper, and the oral examination.
Examination details: Oral exam: Letter grades