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bio846 - Lab Exercises in Development and Evolution (Complete module description)
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Module label Lab Exercises in Development and Evolution
Module code bio846
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Faculty/Institute Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) >
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Skills to be acquired in this module
Upon successful completion of this course, students have skills in methods of developmental biology: • are capable of performing live embryo husbandry • are able to carry out in-ovo stainings • are familiar with the use of embryonic stage discrimination standards for model organisms • document the observed embryonic stages by drawings with anatomical labelling • are familiar with embryo handling, tissue preparation (including cryosectioning), dissection of inner ears, and the use of different histological staining methods • microscopy, data analysis, and photographic data documentation • know the standards of proper documentation of research data and the universal format of a lab note-book • know how to carry out formal laboratory reports (and the anatomy of a scientific paper) and in addition, have basic knowledge in the field of auditory system development • have basic knowledge of the organisation of the auditory system across vertebrate groups • have basic knowledge of the development of the middle and inner ear, as well as selected auditory brain centres • are able to summarize current hypotheses about the evolution of the auditory system in vertebrates skills: [nop] ++ deepened biological expertise ++ deepened knowledge of biological working methods ++ data analysis skills ++ critical and analytical thinking + independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature ++ ability to perform independent biological research ++ data presentation and discussion in German and English (written and spoken) ++ teamwork + ethics and professional behaviour ++ project and time management      [/nop]
Module contents
Lab exercises in comparative developmental biology on chicken and mouse embryos. Practical introduction to methods, such as in-ovo live observation; developmental stage discrimination and description, tissue preparation for histology, sectioning, staining, and microscopy, including data analyses. Lectures in the field of auditory system development, such as: • Development of the Inner Ear • Development of the Middle Ear • Evolution of the Central and Peripheral Auditory System • Development and Layout of the Central Auditory System
Reader's advisory
Gilbert S.F., Development, Macmillan Publishers Ltd, 11th edition 2016; Mathews W.W & Schoenwolf G.C., Atlas of Descriptive Embryology, Prentice-Hall Inc., Simon & Schuster, 5th edition 1998
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
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Module capacity 6 (
selection criteria: sequence of registration
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Associated with bio845 (previously neu110) (Introduction to Development and Evolution)
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modullevel ---
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Modulart je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge organismic biology, experience with lab work
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 0.50 WiSe 7 h
Seminar 0.50 WiSe 7 h
Exercises 3.00 WiSe 42 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
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Final exam of module
same winter term     
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