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CMMB 403

Developmental Biology

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Fall, 2001


Course Coordinator: Dr. Tracy O’Connor

Prerequisites: Biochemistry 393 or 441, Biology 311

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although the University calendar lists the prerequisites for this course as BCEM 393/441 and BIOL 311, students will be highly disadvantaged if they have not also taken BIOL 331: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Lecturers:     Dr. Tracy O’Connor   Office BI 238A

     Dr. William Brook    Office HM 2269     Phone: 220-8420

Lecture: LO1, MWF - 1:00 pm

Tutorials: SA 124

    #1 M 2:00 pm

    #2 T 12:00 pm

    #3 T 1:00 pm

    #4 T 2:00 pm

    #5 M 4:00 pm

Web page:

Text (Required): Gilbert, S.F. 2000. Developmental Biology, 6th edition. Sinauer, Sunderland, MA

Tutorial Manual (Required): O'Connor, T. 2001.

Reserve Reading Room:

    Bard, J.B.L. 1994. Embryos Color Atlas of Development. Wolfe Publishing

    Browder, L.W., Erikson, C.A., and Jeffrey, W.R. 1991. Developmental Biology, 3rd edition. Saunders College Publishing

    Gilbert, S.F. 1997. Developmental Biology, 5th edition. Sinauer, Sunderland, MA

    Gilbert, S.F. 2000. Developmental Biology, 6th edition. Sinauer, Sunderland, MA

Composition of Final Grade:

Quizzes and Assignments   20%

Midterm Exam #1               14%

Midterm Exam #2               18%

Midterm Exam #3               18%

Final Exam                          30%

Every student must obtain an AIX computer account immediately. Tutorials are computer-based and require electronic interaction between students and instructors. Students will have electronic access to the tutorial material from any Internet-capable computer at all times (the server willing). All students should make arrangements to have regular access to an Internet-capable computer. There are several microcomputer laboratories on campus for your convenience if you do not have a computer at home.

Developmental Biology is the study of progressive changes that occur within cells, tissues and organisms during their lifespan. The study of development may be at a variety of levels – molecular, biochemical, genetic, morphological, physiological – all words that are used to describe biological points of view that imply methodology. You are expected to have a background in biochemistry, cell biology and genetics.

Students are encouraged to discuss course problems with the instructor. The preferred mode of communication is e-mail. Updated information about this course will be distributed via the website bulletin board; please check regularly.

The lecture schedule will be posted on the course Website (see above).

Department of Biological Sciences

Policy on the Use of World Wide Web Material in Term Papers, Lab Reports and Assignments

It is becoming increasingly feasible and popular to search the World Wide Web for information pertinent to term papers and assignment. As with other, more traditional sources of material, this must be fully and accurately cited. As with all other sources, students must take full responsibility for the quality, accuracy and verifiability of material that they cite. Because Web sites may be transient, the following must be done if Web sites are cited:

  1. A full Web site address must be provided.
  2. A print-out of the home page of the Web site and the page on which the particular information begins must be included as appendix material for the term paper, lab report or assignment.


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