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bio845 - Introduction to Development and Evolution (Complete module description)
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Module label Introduction to Development and Evolution
Module code bio845
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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Entry requirements
Skills to be acquired in this module
Upon successful completion of this course, students

• know the fundamental problems organisms share in development
• know the common basic steps of ontogenesis after comparing the life cycles of different species (both vertebrates and invertebrates)
• know the fundamentals of the genetic control of cell-fate specification, morphogenesis, and organo-genesis
• know the principles of gene regulatory networks in development and are able to explain examples
• are able to explain and discuss mechanisms of development across taxonomic groups and questions about the evolution of developmental mechanisms
• have in-depth knowledge of the development of animal nervous systems, including cellular and net-work properties


++ deepened biological expertise
+ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
++ interdisciplinary thinking
++ critical and analytical thinking
+ independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature
+ ability to perform independent biological research
+ teamwork
Module contents
Lectures on the fundamentals and concepts of developmental biology, including evolutionary aspects. Parallel seminars matching the topics of the lectures and emphasizing discussion.
Lecture topics:
• Introduction to Developmental Biology
• Cell-Cell Communication
• Differential Gene Expression (I and II)
• Early Development of Vertebrates, Gastrulation
• Neurulation
• Brain Development
• Axonal Growth, Target Selection, Synaptogenesis and Refinement
• Neural Crest
• Mesoderm Development
• Limb Development
• Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change
• Model Organisms in Developmental Bioplogy
• Transgenic Mice
• Medical Implications of Developmental Biology
Reader's advisory
Gilbert S.F.: Developmental Biology, Macmillan Publishers Ltd, 11th edition 2016     
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity 20 (
selection criteria: sequence of registration
Reference text
associated with bio846 (previously neu120) (Lab Exercises in Development and Evolution)     
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge organismic biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, genetics, molecular biology     
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 2.00 WiSe 28 h
Seminar 2.00 WiSe 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
same winter term     
oral exam of 30 minutes