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bio845 - Introduction to Development and Evolution (Vollständige Modulbeschreibung)
Originalfassung Englisch PDF Download
Modulbezeichnung Introduction to Development and Evolution
Modulkürzel bio845
Kreditpunkte 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Einrichtungsverzeichnis Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften (IBU)
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Biologie (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master Biology (Master) > Background Modules
  • Master Neuroscience (Master) > Background Modules
Zuständige Personen
Sienknecht, Ulrike (Modulverantwortung)
Sienknecht, Ulrike (Modulberatung)
Sienknecht, Ulrike (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Claußen, Maike (Prüfungsberechtigt)



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 organogenesis

·    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


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

·    Morphogenesis

·    Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change

·    Model Organisms in Developmental Biology

·    Transgenic Mice

·    Medical Implications of Developmental Biology



textbook: Gilbert S.F.: Developmental Biology, Macmillan Publishers Ltd, 11th edition 2016 (current edition); and current literature on course topics

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Dauer in Semestern 1 Semester
Angebotsrhythmus Modul
Aufnahmekapazität Modul 20 (
selection criteria: sequence of registration
associated with bio846 (neu120) (Lab Exercises in Development and Evolution)
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge organismic biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, neurobiology, genetics, molecular biology
Lehrveranstaltungsform Kommentar SWS Angebotsrhythmus Workload Präsenz
3 WiSe 45
3 WiSe 45
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 90 h
Prüfung Prüfungszeiten Prüfungsform
same winter term
oral exam of 30 minutes (or written exam*) *Pending approval PO