ANIM5501 Animal Evolution and Development
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- The topics of this unit include patterns of development in brain, 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, workshop/discussions and practical classes.
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 (neuroscience, amphibians, marsupials). Students gain experience in science communication by presenting results of practical classes to peers.
- 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.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical test; (2) debate; and (3) practical worksheets and presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Jennifer Rodger and Dr Natalie Morellini
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
the Master of Health Science (71540)
the Master of Biological Science (72520)
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week for 9 weeks of semester
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.