ANIM5501 Comparative Reproduction and Development

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
The topics of this unit include comparative reproduction and 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 of Biological Sciences (reproductive biology, neuroscience, developmental plasticity). Students gain experience in science communication by presenting results of practical classes to peers and participating in a formal debate.
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 and theory exam; (2) debate; and (3) laboratory 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 Alex Tang
Unit rules
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
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory sessions: 2 hours per week for 9 weeks of semester
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