BIOS2115: Embryology (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS2115: Embryology (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Discipline of Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ritchie, Helen
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to develop an understanding of the embryological processes occurring in to form the human body from fertilisation to birth. Topics also to be discussed are: infertility, abnormal development, artificial reproductive technologies and fetal surgery.
Assumed Knowledge: 6 credit points of Junior Biology
Timetable: BIOS2115 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 4
2 Tutorial 1.00 3
3 Independent Study 2.00
4 E-Learning
T&L Activities: 1hr lecture/week, 3hr tutorial/semester, online components

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. At the end of this Unit of Study, students will be able to:

• Describe the development of the embryo during weeks 1 – 4

• Describe the processes of implantation and placentation

• Describe the development of the Cardiovascular System and understand the processes affected in the formation of structural defects of the heart and great vessels.

• Describe the development of the Central Nervous System and understand the processes affected in the formation of structural defects of the brain and spinal cord.

• Describe the development of the Respiratory System and understand the processes affected in the formation of structural defects of the lungs, diaphragm and trachea.

• Describe the development of the Urogenital System and understand the processes affected in the formation of structural defects of the kidney, bladder, gonads reproductive tubes and external genitalia.

• Describe the development of the Digestive System and understand the processes affected in the formation of structural defects of the digestive system.

• Describe the development of the Musculoskeletal System and understand the processes affected in the formation of structural defects of the musculoskeletal system.

• Understand the basic principles of teratology

• Describe conditions that may cause subfertility

• Describe a number of different artificial reproductive technologies

• Name and describe some conditions that are currently possible to treat using prenatal surgery.
Assessment Description: mid semester exam (25%), end semester exam (25%), project (35%), pre-tutorial quizzes (15%)

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Due to the large number of unfamiliar terms, experience has shown that students need to work steadily throughout semester. Because of this, there are a number of online pre-tutorial quizzes which contribute 15% to your final mark. The online quizzes also give students who have some background the opportunity to assess what they do already know, and the areas where they need to focus more strongly.

Further assessments carrying marks (summative assessment) follow in Weeks 7 and 15/16. These summative quizzes and written exams are designed to test both factual knowledge of relevant material and critical analysis. In addition, your ability to synthesise the knowledge obtained through the video series will be tested by the completion of a small project.

SUMMATIVE assessment consists of a pre‐tutorial quizzes (15%), mid‐semester and (25%), end of semester exam (25%) and project (35%)
Assessment Feedback: Pre-tutorial quizzes must be completed by Sunday 10pm prior to Tutorial. The quizzes can be completed multiple times and highest mark will contribute to the final mark.

Project: Development of a congenital malformation
The project must be a unique work describing and explaining the abnormal development of an embryological process. Your anticipated audience should imagined to be parents with no more than high school level of biology knowledge. You must have your project title approved before Week 7.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Larsen`s Human Embryology
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: An elearning site has been created for this unit of study and contains:

• Pre-Tutorial Quizzes

• Tutorial notes

• Practice questions for mid and end semester examinations