ANAT2341 Embryology 2009

From Embryology
Dr Mark Hill, course coordinator

Welcome to Embryology 2009!

The course coordinator is Dr Mark Hill, my office is located in Wallace Wurth ground floor room G20.

Welcome to Embryology in 2009 and thank you for choosing your next stage in your own development with me! In the past 20 years as a researcher I have seen enormous changes in our understanding of this topic and the methods we employ to further our knowledge. This topic and its associated methodologies are now found at the core of scientific investigations and current medical research.

This current page will introduce the current course and link to related online course resources (bookmark this as your start page). This is a new online resource, content and links will be added during your current course.

Course Links

Course Outline

  • Course Staff - Dr Mark Hill, Office: Wallace Wurth Building, room G20 (ground floor), Email:
  • Student Contact - University policy concerning student contact: ” When a student is enrolled into University of New South Wales, he or she will be automatically issued with a University email account. The School will use that email account as the official electronic channel to communicate with each student.” Appointments with Dr Mark Hill should be made initially by email or through the SOMS office, Wallace Wurth Building, room MG14 (ground floor).
  • Course Information - UNSW Online Handbook entry , 6 Units of credit, Science/Anatomy program. Prerequisite: ANAT2200 or ANAT2241.

Course Timetable

The course consists of two lectures and a single laboratory each week of UNSW Semester 2, Weeks 2-7,8-13. UNSW Academic Calendar

Weekly Timetable

  • Lecture 1 Mon 12:00 - 1:00pm Central Lecture Block 5
  • Lecture 2 Tue 12:00 - 1:00pm Biomedical Theatre E
  • Laboratory Thu 1:00 - 3:00pm Wallace Wurth 106/108
    • Note- this is a swipecard access only laboratory

Course Aims

  • To present the current theories and applications of embryology.
  • To cover early embryonic then fetal development through to birth.
  • To describe the developmental anatomy of the organ systems.
  • To examine the common principles and differences underlying normal and abnormal development of vertebrates.
  • To cover emerging technologies, such as stem cells, genomic analysis and the use of transgenic and dysfunctional mouse mutants in research.

In Lectures and Labs I will clearly identify any examinable material. In addition, the final lecture is an opportunity to review course material and ask questions about difficult concepts. As part of the course I also encourage you to develop the general scientific skills of critical thinking, analysis and scientific writing.

The new UNSW semester structure means that there will be some reorganization of previous course content material, I apologize for any inconvenience during this transition time. This year I will also be asking you to participate in assessing and providing feedback on a medical student’s Independent Learning Project (ILP) on online education in cardiac development.

Student Contact

  • University policy concerning student contact is:
” When a student is enrolled into University of New South Wales, he or she will be automatically issued with a University email account. The School will use that email account as the official electronic channel to communicate with each student.”
  • Appointments with Dr Mark Hill should be made initially by email or through the Anatomy office (room G11).

Student Online Pages

Each student in the current course has their own Wiki page Student Pages for assessment items and course feedback. In addition groups of students have a group project page to be prepared online as part of their assessment.


There will be three parts to the course assessment.

  1. Group Assignment - An online written assignment. 20%
  2. Laboratory - Progressive assessments throughout session. 20%
  3. Theory - A written test held during the examination period. 60%
  • Assessment design has been structured to develop and examine the following graduate attributes and specific learning skills:
    • Student independent learning/research abilities
    • Student scientific writing and referencing skills
    • Student teamwork in small groups
    • Student group work contribution
    • Student ability to plan time and meet assessment deadlines
    • Student acquired knowledge from lecture/lab presentations
    • Student application of knowledge to problem solving

Examiner The course organizer (Dr Mark Hill) will be the examiner. The course assessor is Prof Edna Hardeman.

Group Assessment will be an online small group (4-5 student) embryology project prepared throughout the semester, assessed by peers and the course coordinator. Detailed information will be available online and in the laboratory times.

Laboratory Assessment will be a series of short answer questions prepared throughout the semester relating to embryology lecture and laboratory content.

Theory examination will be an internal exam within the session two exam period and will conform to University examination guidelines. Students absent through illness or misadventure should immediately contact UNSW Student Central. For more information see UNSW A-Z Guide Special Consideration.

Supplementary examinations will only be offered if the student is unable to attend the final examination for medical or misadventure reasons.

Assignment and Lab Project Dates Current planned submission and project assessment dates are shown in the printed course schedule (page 6).


Lecture Recordings

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Please Read - Plagiarism & Academic Integrity What is Plagiarism? Plagiarism is the presentation of the thoughts or work of another as one’s own.(1)

Examples include:

  • direct duplication of the thoughts or work of another, including by copying material, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document (whether published or unpublished), composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, web site, Internet, other electronic resource, or another person’s assignment without appropriate acknowledgement;
  • paraphrasing another person’s work with very minor changes keeping the meaning, form and/or progression of ideas of the original;
  • piecing together sections of the work of others into a new whole;
  • presenting an assessment item as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people, for example, another student or a tutor; and
  • claiming credit for a proportion a work contributed to a group assessment item that is greater than that actually contributed.†

For the purposes of this policy, submitting an assessment item that has already been submitted for academic credit elsewhere may be considered plagiarism. Knowingly permitting your work to be copied by another student may also be considered to be plagiarism. Note that an assessment item produced in oral, not written, form, or involving live presentation, may similarly contain plagiarised material.

The inclusion of the thoughts or work of another with attribution appropriate to the academic discipline does not amount to plagiarism. The Learning Centre website is main repository for resources for staff and students on plagiarism and academic honesty. These resources can be located via:

The Learning Centre also provides substantial educational written materials, workshops, and tutorials to aid students, for example, in:

  • correct referencing practices;
  • paraphrasing, summarising, essay writing, and time management;
  • appropriate use of, and attribution for, a range of materials including text, images, formulae and concepts.
  • Individual assistance is available on request from The Learning Centre.

Students are also reminded that careful time management is an important part of study and one of the identified causes of plagiarism is poor time management. Students should allow sufficient time for research, drafting, and the proper referencing of sources in preparing all assessment items.

(1) Text above based on that proposed to the University of Newcastle by the St James Ethics Centre. Used with kind permission from the University of Newcastle † Adapted with kind permission from the University of Melbourne.

Administrative Matters

Attendance Requirements

  • Students are required to attend each lecture and laboratory unless given special permission.
  • Students seeking special consideration should be able to provide medical certificates.

Human Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza 09) UNSW Health Advice

“Anyone with an acute respiratory illness and a fever should stay at home until they have not had a fever for 24 hours (this means a 24 hour fever-free period without medications such as paracetamol and cold and flu tablets).”
  • Students must wear a white lab coat and closed footwear in research laboratories and comply at all times with SOMS occupational health and safety requirements (found on SOMS website).

Group Assignment Submission

  • Late Assignments will be penalized by 5% / day late.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Equity and Diversity

  • Those students who have a disability that requires some adjustment in their teaching or learning environment are encouraged to discuss their study needs with the course convener prior to, or at the commencement of, their course, or with the Equity Officer (Disability) in the Equity and Diversity Unit (9385 4734) or on the web:
  • Issues to be discussed may include access to materials, signers or note-takers, the provision of services and additional exam and assessment arrangements.
  • Early notification is essential to enable any necessary adjustments to be made.


  • UNSW Embryology is an online resource I have developed to aid your own independent learning, please explore its content. It not only has the usual lecture slides, but also podcast broadcasts, lab project support, online external resources (included complete Embryology textbooks), access and searching of the current literature (both research and reviews) and much more.
  • New content will gradually be added to this current site and will contain links to UNSW Embryology resources.

Glossary Links

Glossary: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Numbers | Symbols | Term Link

Course Content 2009

Embryology Introduction | Cell Division/Fertilization | Cell Division/Fertilization | Week 1&2 Development | Week 3 Development | Lab 2 | Mesoderm Development | Ectoderm, Early Neural, Neural Crest | Lab 3 | Early Vascular Development | Placenta | Lab 4 | Endoderm, Early Gastrointestinal | Respiratory Development | Lab 5 | Head Development | Neural Crest Development | Lab 6 | Musculoskeletal Development | Limb Development | Lab 7 | Kidney | Genital | Lab 8 | Sensory - Ear | Integumentary | Lab 9 | Sensory - Eye | Endocrine | Lab 10 | Late Vascular Development | Fetal | Lab 11 | Birth, Postnatal | Revision | Lab 12 | Lecture Audio | Course Timetable

Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2024, May 18) Embryology ANAT2341 Embryology 2009. Retrieved from

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