Fiches de cours 2017-2018

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Scientific project design in cell and developmental biology

BIO-464

Enseignant(s) :

Gönczy Pierre
Oates Andrew Charles

Langue:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remarque

only one registration per student to a scientific thinking course

Summary

Students are lead to understand selected concepts in cell and developmental biology, primarily through the analysis of scientific literature, and then to apply these concepts to the design and execution of a group project in the Gönczy or Oates laboratory.

Content

Students are introduced to different model systems and experimental approaches that are used to address fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology; the importance of control experiments is emphasized. Students will read, analyze and discuss scientific literature (see Teaching Methods section below for more information).

Topics covered in 2017 include: cell cycle, spindle assembly, motor proteins, intraflagellar transport, asymmetric cell division, early embryonic development, cell death, signaling, organizer function, somite formation. During the last three or four weeks of the course, students will harness the knowledge acquired during the preceding weeks to design and execute a scientific group project in the Gönczy or Oates laboratory.

Keywords

Cell biology, developmental biology, yeast, Xenopus, C. elegans, Drosophila, mouse, zebrafish, embryo, experimental approaches, research strategies, scientific literature analysis, scientific project design.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Bachelor, preferably in the Life Sciences, but motivated students from other disciplines are welcome, as are doctoral students.  

Recommended courses

None

Important concepts to start the course

None

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

The course is organized as follows in most weeks: in the first 60 minutes, scientific literature that has been read and analyzed will be presented and discussed; ,in the last 30 minutes, the teacher introduces the topic of the following week and provides 1 or 2 (depending on the week) scientific papers to read and analyze for the following week.

During the last three or four weeks of the course, students form groups and use the knowledge gained until then to design and execute a small scientific project embedded in the research conducted in the Gönczy and Oates laboratories.

Expected student activities

In addition to attending the class, students are expected to thoroughly read and analyze the papers, so that they can participate actively in the presentations and discussions. Moreover, they are expected to show dedication during the project design arm of the course in the last three or four weeks. Four hours of personal study per week are expected on average.

Assessment methods

Students will be evaluated during the semester on the quality of presentations and discussions in class (1/3 of the grade), a continuous evaluation in the middle of the semester (1/3 of the grade), and the scientific project design component (1/3 of the grade).

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants No
Forum No
Others

By email appointment

 

Resources

Bibliography

Scientific papers will be made available through Moodle.

Notes/Handbook

The lectures slides will also be made available through Moodle.

Dans les plans d'études

    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      Scientific project design in cell and developmental biology
    • Cours
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Semestre
       Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
       Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      5
    • Matière examinée
      Scientific project design in cell and developmental biology
    • Cours
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
    • Exercices
      3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

 LuMaMeJeVe
8-9  BC02  
9-10    
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Cours
      Exercice, TP
      Projet, autre

légende

  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand