2017 Evolution and Developmental Biology

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Life Science and Technology
Instructor(s)
Hongoh Yuichi  Kawakami Atsushi  Tanaka Mikiko  Kajikawa Masaki  Nikaido Masato 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon1-2(H136)  Thr1-2(H136)  
Group
-
Course number
LST.A362
Credits
2
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/9/14
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

The aim of this class is to understand the basic subjects of developmental biology, evolution and ecology. Students will understand the processes and the mechanisms of animal development, morphogenesis, organ formation,evolutionary developmental biology. Students will also learn the classic and recent approaches for the evolutionary and ecological studies.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the processes of animal development.
2) Understand the molecular background (cell behabior, signaling molecules, transcriptional regulation) of morphogenesis and organogenesis.
3) Understand the genomic and molecular background of biodiversity.
4) Understand the mechanisms of genome evolution.

Keywords

Development, Morphogenesis, Organogenesis, Genetic engineering, Molecular Evolution, Phylogeny, Genome Evolution, Symbiosis, Biodiversity

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

When required, students will be given a small test or report as an index of purpose achievement.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Vertebrate development Ⅰ: Formation of body axis and germ layers Understand the fomarion of body axis and germ layers. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 2 Vertebrate development Ⅱ:Mesoderm induction Understand the processes of mesoderm inducion. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 3 Vertebrate development Ⅲ:Neural Induction Understand the processes of neural indcution. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 4 Early embryogenesis of vertebrates Understand the early embryogenesis of vertebrates. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 5 Mammalian embryogenesis and genetic engineering Understand the processes of mammalian embryogenesis and the principles of genetic engineering. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 6 Drosophila embryogenesis Understand the processes and mechanisms of Drosophila embryogenesis. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 7 Organogenesis Understand the processes and mechanisms of organogenesis. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 8 Origin of life and phylogenic tree Understand the origin of life and phylogenetic tree. Specific instructions will be given in each class.
Class 9 Natural selection and neutral theory of molecular evolution (basic) Understand the theoretical basis of natural selection and molecular evolution.
Class 10 Natural selection and neutral theory of molecular evolution (practical examples) Understand the theories of natural selection and molecular evolution through practical examples.
Class 11 Sexual reproduction Understand the principles of sexual reproduction.
Class 12 Biodiversity Understand how biodiversity is maintained.
Class 13 Symbiosis Understand the principles of symbiosis in biology.
Class 14 Structure of genomes of bacteria Understand the basis of genomics of bacteria.
Class 15 Structure of genomes of eukaryotes Understand the basis of genomics of eukaryotes.

Textbook(s)

Principles of Development, Fourth Edition, by Lewis Wolpert and Cheryll Tickle, MEDSI

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books:"Evolution" by Barton et al MEDSI; "Campbell Biology, 10th Edition" by Jane B Reece, et al.; "Discover Biology, 5th Edition" by Anu Singh-Cundy and Michael L Cain. Course materials will be provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Academic assessment could be done by the attendance and the performance in the class. The term-end examination will be conducted.

Related courses

  • LST.A208 : Molecular Biology I
  • LST.A335 : Molecular Genetics
  • LST.A208 : Molecular Biology I
  • LST.A401 : Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • LST.A406 : Molecular Developmental Biology and Evolution

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Student are recommended to complete classes of Molecular biology 1 and 2, Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Animal physiology

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