Curriculum & Course Descriptions


BS3003 Developmental biology

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter CHEUNG (email:

Academic Unit: 3 AU

Availability: Semester 1

Pre-requisite: BS2004

Course Type: BS-Major-PE, BMS-Major-PE

Language of instruction: English

Teaching hours:  Lectures: 24 hours; Tutorials: 12 hours; Practicals: 6 hours

Learning Objective: To give an introductory course into the early embryonic development of different model organisms. To give an insight into animals which are used in biological research and from which important contributions to understanding fundamental processes in cells have been made. Completion of this course should give participants a good understanding of developmental biology and provide a basis for more advanced courses.

Content: This course gives an understanding of how development occurs and is regulated in embryos of several species of animals, primarily those with well-characterized genetics and to become familiar with the experimental strategies and tools used by developmental biologists. The lectures will cover investigations of developmental processes using well-studied  model organisms such as mice, zebra fish, xenopus, drosophila and nematodes as examples.

Learning Outcome: Students will become familiar with the anatomy of the different animals. Students will also understand the importance of development at the molecular level.


  • Developmental Biology by Scott Gilbert (9th edition).
  • Principles of Development by Lewis Wolpert (3rd edition).

*Prerequisites for Incoming Exchange Students: Equivalent of Year 2 or Higher Biology or Biotechnology major