Human development is one of the most exciting topics to study not only as a medical student, but also for our fundamental understanding of the human body.
Human Development cartoon (not to scale)
(More? Human Development cartoon (large version on new page, 4.6 Mb)
Have a look at this animation again at the end of this practical and see what you know.
This is sometimes not an easy topic to study with many very specific terms, dynamic processes and transient structures. For new terms or concepts that you don't understand use the Glossary link or Search UNSW Embryology window.
It is important at this stage of your own development to have a broad understanding of the timing of events in human development, so that you can understand normal development, organ development and when things go wrong (abnormal development).
Each page lefthand side menu Foundations Internal Links has all 6 online pages (in sequence) required for this current Practical, alternatively follow the white rabbit.... (at the bottom of each page). Note that viewing these pages alone is not sufficient to complete this Practical, additional demonstrator and tutor information available only in class times. (More? Foundation Practical Notes - PDF document)
Keep coming back to embryology (and this site) as you progress through your studies and it will eventually make more sense!
Link to next page in this Practical - Week 1 and 2
This provides information about fertilization and implantation.
Use the alphabetical list below to find definitions of terms that are new to you.
embryonic - following fertilization, the first 8 weeks of human development, covering most of the first trimester period. This is followed by the fetal stage of development, trimester 2 and 3.
human development - as used in this current practical, the prenatal period up to birth. Note that development does continue postnatally, but will not be covered in detail this current practical.
Movie of Human Embryo Growth (this shows a human embryo growing, all images are to scale)
Movie of Mouse Embryo Growth (this shows a mouse embryo growing)