BIO320 Developmental Biology

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Hilde-Gunn Opsahl Sorteberg

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk, norsk

Limits of class size:5 students should be assigned to give the course.

Course frequency:Every year.

Nominal workload:125 hours. 28 hours together: lectures, group work, presentations, problem solving

Teaching and exam period:This course runs in the spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

About this course

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.

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, C elegans, macroalgae and Arabidopsis. 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. Techniques include genome editing for functional genomics, genome annotation and phyllogenetic understanding based on molecular data possibly adjust current evolutionary understanding. Reading assessments are done in groups, where all students learn together and develop a good interactive discussion through lectures including making and doing Kahoot testing of selected parts of the book. 2 multiple choice tests will be made based on the reading assessments and lectures, and graded making up 40% of the final evaluation.
  • Lectures, reading assessments and colloquia, presentations and 2 multiple choice tests online.
  • Teams room, Canvas and the teachers.
  • BIO200 or equivalent.
  • 2 multiple choice tests and the oral exam.

  • External examiner approves the exam and assess oral exams
  • Reading assessments, presentations of reading assessment. Students shall be attending at least 70% of the activities.
  • Typically 14x2 hour lectures, including student active teaching
  • Special requirements in Science