Zoology 533 Fall 2001
Principles of Developmental Biology
Class Meetings: Tu, Th 12:40 - 2:00 p.m. Science II, Room 119
Textbook: Developmental Biology, 7th edition by Scott Gilbert, Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2003
There are two course goals. The first is to teach students fundamental concepts in developmental biology. The second goal is to teach and improve critical thinking skills by reviewing and discussing current primary literature.
Assigned chapters in the text and supplemental materials provided in class.
Reading assignments, including journal articles, will be assigned during the semester.
Ten of the class meetings will be devoted to discussions of primary literature. Each will include discussions of a primary research article, assigned discussion questions, and, in some cases, published literature reviews. Students are encouraged to discuss the assignments with each other outside of class, but the answers to discussion questions should be written independently. In addition, 2-3 students will be assigned to lead an in-class discussion of each paper.
There will be two in-class midterm exams and a final exam. The final will be cumulative with emphasis on the most recent material and general concepts from earlier material.
Midterm Exams = 100 points each (200 points total)
Final Exam = 150 points
Discussion questions = 10 points each (100 points total)
Discussion leading = 20 points
Class participation = 30 points
Total = 500 points