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ANAT334 Developmental Biology

Essential topics in developmental biology. Topics include cellular processes involved in morphogenesis, such as formation of the face and control of cell number and migration in the developing organism; organ and skeletal formation and patterning; and development and regeneration/repair of the nervous system.

ANAT 334 provides in-depth coverage of key processes that occur before birth and are essential for the creation of the adult human form. Topical examples across a variety of models are used to illustrate how cells and molecules interact to build tissues and how tissues then interact to build organs, organ systems and eventually an entire body. What happens when these interactions don't occur normally and produce birth defects is also covered.

Paper title Developmental Biology
Paper code ANAT334
Subject Anatomy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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ANAT 243
Schedule C

Anatomy Office
Room 231, 2nd Floor
Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
Tel 479 7362

Teaching staff

2023 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

Paper Structure

Module 1: Early embryogenesis
Module 2: Morphogenesis
Module 3: Brain Development

Teaching Arrangements
All teaching is undertaken on campus.
ANAT 334 delves in depth into selected subjects in developmental biology, and because the goal of your education at this stage is to learn the process of experiment-driven scientific discovery, our primary reference for this paper is the scientific literature. Thus, we do not prescribe any one textbook for the paper. Your lab manual will supply those texts that are excellent references, all of which are on reserve in the Medical Library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfuly complete ANAT334 will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the major theories in, and current experimental evidence for, key aspects of developmental biology
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate information given in different lectures and to use this information to discuss aspects of developmental biology
  • Exhibit an awareness of the experimental basis of science, and be able to obtain and interpret experimental data at a basic level
  • Exhibit an awareness of the uncertainty of science and demonstrate an ability to engage in critical and analytical thought at a basic level
  • Be familiar with key techniques used in experimental developmental biology and be able to demonstrate how you would use these to investigate specific questions

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-40