bio846 - Lab Exercises in Development and Evolution (Complete module description)

bio846 - Lab Exercises in Development and Evolution (Complete module description)

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Module label Lab Exercises in Development and Evolution
Modulkürzel bio846
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Zuständige Personen
  • Sienknecht, Ulrike (module responsibility)
  • Sienknecht, Ulrike (Module counselling)
  • Sienknecht, Ulrike (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Claußen, Maike (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Ebbers, Lena (Prüfungsberechtigt)
mandatory prerequisite is the module bio845 (neu110) (Introduction to Development and Evolution)
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 tissue preparation (including cryosectioning), the use of different molecular markers, and immunohistological 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 notebook
  • know how to carry out formal laboratory reports (and the structure of a scientific paper)
  • 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:

++ 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 (written and spoken)
+ teamwork
+ ethics and professional behaviour
+ project and time management
Module contents
Lab exercises in developmental biology of auditory research model organisms, such as 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. Seminars in the field of auditory system development and methods based on current literature

textbooks: 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; in addition, current research papers

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency winter term
Module capacity 6 (
selection criteria: advance of studies in MA program
Reference text
Associated with bio845 (neu110) (Introduction to Development and Evolution)
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Exercise, lecture, seminar
Previous knowledge organismic biology, experience with lab work
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
same winter term     
1 report
Form of instruction Exercises
Frequency WiSe
Workload Präsenzzeit 90 h