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CMMB 403

Developmental Biology

CMMB 403 Course Information Sheet CMMB 403 Course Outline Computer access Sample Exams Developmental Biology Tutorial Course Notes Current Notes

1. Lecture/Time/Session: L01, 13:00 M W F, Fall 2001


Dr. Tracy O'Connor Office: BioSci 238A. Phone: 220-4384
Dr. William Brook Office: HSC 2269. Phone: 220-8420


2. Prerequisites: BCEM 393 or 441, BIOL 311,CMMB 331.

Note: The Faculty of Science policy on pre- and co-requisite checking is outlined on page 201 of the 2000-2001 Calendar. Students are responsible to ensure that they meet all pre- and co-requisite requirements, as listed in the Calendar, for each course in which they are registered. Students who do not meet these requirements will be deleted from the course.

3. The University policy on grading and related matters is described on p. 40-44 of the 2000-2001 Calendar. In determining the overall grade in the course the following weights will be used:

Tutorial quizzes and assignments   20%
Midterm Exam #1                           14%
Midterm Exam #2                           18%                                                                                  Midterm Exam #3                           18%
Final Exam                                      30%

There will be a final examination scheduled by the Registrar's Office.

4. Missed Components of Term Work. The regulations of the Faculty of Science pertaining to this matter are outlined on page 201 and 202 of  the 2000-2001 Calendar (also on page 43 under Defereal of Term Work). It is the student's responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with these regulations.

5. Dates and times of class exercises held outside of class hours (evening tests, Saturday Laboratory examinations, weekend field trips): Nil

Studies in the Biological Sciences involve the use of living and dead organisms. Students taking laboratory-based courses in these disciplines can expect involvement with and experimentation on such materials. Students perform dissections on dead or preserved organisms in some courses. In particular courses, students experiment on living organisms, their tissues, cells, or molecules. Sometimes field work requires students to collect a variety of living materials by many methods including humane trapping. All work on humans and others animals conforms to the Helsinki Declaration and to the regulations of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. The Department strives for the highest ethical standards consistent with stewardship of the environment for organisms whose use is not governed by statutory authority. Individuals contemplating taking courses or majoring in one of the fields of study offered by the Department of Biological Sciences should ensure that they have fully considered these issues before enrolling. Students are advised to discuss any concern they might have with the Undergraduate Officer of the Department.

Academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism, or any other form) is a very serious offence that will be dealt with rigorously in all cases. A single offence may lead to disciplinary probation or suspension or expulsion. The Faculty of Science follows a zero tolerance policy regarding dishonesty. Please read the sections of the University Calendar under the heading "Student Misconduct" (pages 48-50 for 2000-2001).

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) students should identify themselves on written assignments (exam papers, term work, lab reports, etc) by placing their name on the front page and their ID number on each subsequent page.

The Students' Union Academic Commissioner for Science can be contacted at 220-6551, MSC 251.

Safewalk/Campus Security: 220-5333


From Sperm and Egg to Embryo

Genetic Regulation of Development

Organizing the Multicellular Embryo

Generating Cell Diversity

The Foundations of Developmental Biology

Learning Resources

Research Resources


Developmental Biology Tutorial

The Developmental Biology Journal Club