UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANIM5501 Evolution and Development

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content The topics of this unit include patterns of development in limbs, kidneys and associated ducts, aortic arches and associated heart organisation. Development of non-mammalian species is investigated in detail (fish, amphibians) as well as a focus on marsupials. Systems are interpreted from the view of structure and function as well as the evolutionary pathways and constraints imposed on animals by their phylogeny. Content is delivered through lectures, tutorials and practicals and discussion of journal articles. The main objective of the unit is to gain insight into principles of vertebrate development with focus on non-standard models and a comparative approach. Research culture is emphasised by focusing on areas of research strength within the School of Animal Biology (neuroscience, amphibians, marsupials). Journal articles are read and discussed in tutorials. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting results of practical classes to peers.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe early stages of vertebrate development; (2) understand patterns of development in limbs, kidneys and associated ducts, aortic arches and associated heart organisation; (3) understand systems from the view of structure and function as well as the evolutionary pathways and constraints imposed on animals by their phylogeny; (4) become familiar with non-standard models of vertebrate development and explore a comparative scientific approach; and (5) gain skills in scientific note-taking, data collection and interpretation.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) practical test; (2) debate; and (3) practical worksheets. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jennifer Rodger
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Contact hours 6 days (1 day per fortnight)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANIM5501/SEM-2/2017

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