ANAT2341 Embryology 2011

From Embryology


Dr Mark Hill, course coordinator

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

ANAT2341 is a second semester course commencing in July 2011.


Welcome to Embryology in 2011 and thank you for choosing this exciting topic! In the past 20 years as a researcher I have seen enormous changes in our understanding of this subject and the methods we employ to further our knowledge in this field. This topic and its associated methodologies are now found at the core of scientific investigations and key to current medical research.

This page will introduce the current course and link to related online resources (bookmark this as your start page). This is a new online resource, content and links will be added during your current course. Feel free to explore the site and prepare yourself for the upcoming course by some background reading.

Course Links

The first 8 weeks of human embryological development
  • ANAT2341_course_outline_2011.pdf‎ PDF Document - Course handout PDF 5 pages Clicking this link will automatically open the document in your web browser.
  • ANAT2341 Course Timetable 2011 the current planned course timetable.
  • 2010 Lecture Audio Recordings page with links to the Lectopia recording page (requires login).
  • Student Pages page containing links to all individual student pages and group project pages.

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 - Course handout PDF 5 pages | UNSW Online Handbook entry , 6 Units of credit, Science/Anatomy program. Prerequisite: ANAT2200 or ANAT2241.

Course Staff Contact Details

Position Name Email Availability; times and location Phone Skype
Course Convener Dr Mark Hill Mon 11-1, Wed 11-1; WW room G20 93852477 <skype>mark_hill_unsw</skype>
Lecturer/tutor Dr Steve Palmer By appointment; WW room 418 93852957
Lecturer/tutor Prof Ken Ashwell By appointment
Lecturer/tutor A/Prof Sally Dunwoodie By appointment

Current Status

Skype name: mark_hill_unsw

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Contact the course coordinator on Skype.

Email me ( to organise a time) to:

  • video consultation with course questions
  • discuss content questions
  • discuss project assessment

Remember there is an option to share desktops, so I can show or help directly from online resources.

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

  • The current ANAT2341 Course Timetable 2011.
  • Each lecture topic will be linked directly to the content provided in the lecture.
  • These notes can be printed out and brought to the lecture for your annotation.
  • Lecture audio will also be available online or to download as podcasts.

Weekly Timetable (TBA)

  • Lecture 1 Tue 10:00 - 11:00am Biomedical Theatre E
  • Lecture 2 Thu 9:00 - 10:00am Biomedical Theatre E
  • Laboratory Thu 11:00am - 1:00pm Wallace Wurth 110 Hybrid Lab (requires swipe card access)

Course Details

Summary of the Course

This course will introduce embryological development as a major topic within medical sciences. Students completing this course will have a broad understanding of: human development, some animal models of development and current related research topics. Experts and researchers from within the field contribute to the current course.

Course Aims

  1. This course will enable students to explore and gain further understanding of embryology through the investigation of development in both humans and animal models with a direct emphasis of their application to emerging research and reproductive technologies.
  2. This course will enable students to broadly understand abnormalities in development and current applications to medical 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.

Student learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the key events in early and systematic embryological development.
  2. Apply developmental theory to abnormalities of development and current medical research techniques.
  3. Complete tasks in scientific communication either online, written and by oral presentation.
  4. Work in small research groups and carry out peer assessment by completing an online group project.

Graduate Attributes

The students will be encouraged to develop the following Graduate Attributes by undertaking the selected activities and knowledge content. These attributes will be assessed within the prescribed assessment tasks. At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Investigate embryological development by scholarly enquiry of research literature.
  2. Apply developmental theory to anatomical development.
  3. Undertake basic research by applying analytical and critical thinking.
  4. Create online individual and group projects that demonstrate initiative and collaborative work.

Rationale for the inclusion of content and teaching approach

This course includes content to enable students to develop communications skills and practices that will enhance their development as a medical researcher. It reflects my position that students should be able to use the latest tools in information technology and online practices.

Teaching strategies

Each week 2 lectures will introduce topics of early embryological development and later focus upon systematic development. Laboratories are designed to complement the course lecture material, allow individual and small group work and also include topics related to specific researchers within the school. Laboratories also include time for tutorials in online group project work and for to discuss and co-ordinate the group project.


There are three main forms of assessment tasks shown below.

Assessment task
Learning outcomes assessed
Graduate attributes assessed
Due date
Individual Tasks Throughout the semester 20 % Critical thinking and initiative, information literacy Scholarly enquiry of research literature Throughout the semester
Group Project One online project page 20 % Information literacy and effective communication Initiative and collaborative work
Theory Examination 2 hours 60 % Engagement with the relevant disciplinary knowledge in its interdisciplinary context Apply developmental theory to anatomical development Within the S2 exam period

For more information see also UNSW Guidelines on Learning

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 and timetable.

Submission of Assessment Tasks

All student individual and group assessment tasks will be submitted online, except for some specialized tasks submitted by guest lecturers. Submission dates will be given when the task is initially set and late submissions penalized by 5% / day late.

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.”

Student Online Pages

Each student in the current course will have 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.


Either of the textbooks listed below are recommended for this course and page references to both are given in each lecture. Both textbooks available at campus bookshop. There are additional embryology textbooks that can also be used, consult course organizer. See also Embryology Textbooks

The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (8th ed.)

The Developing Human, 9th edn.jpg Keith L. Moore, T.V.N. Persaud, Mark G. Torchia. (2011). The Developing Human: clinically oriented embryology (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders. Description: xix, 540 p. p. : ill., ports. Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Saunders/Elsevier, c2013. ISBN: 9781437720020 (pbk.) NLM Unique ID: 101561564

The following chapter links only work with a UNSW connection.

Larsen’s Human Embryology (4th ed.)

Larsen's human embryology 4th edn.jpg Schoenwolf, G.C., Bleyl, S.B., Brauer, P.R. and Francis-West, P.H. (2009). Larsen’s Human Embryology (4th ed.). New York; Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

The following chapter links only work with a UNSW connection and can also be accessed through this UNSW Library connection.

Publisher Links: The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology | Larsen’s Human Embryology

Lecture Recordings

  • ANAT2341 Embryology 2011 Lecture Recordings page with links to all current recordings.
  • Available from both UNSW Embryology and Lectopia (formally iLecture), online sound recording system making UNSW Lectures available in several formats (including Podcast). Lecture recordings are grouped by the id of the lecture, usually the course code.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Please Read - Plagiarism & Academic Integrity UNSW Plagiarism and Learning Centre - Plagiarism information

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)

  • The University OHS policies and expectations can be found currently at:
  • The School of Medical Sciences (SOMS) also maintains important student specific OHS information. SOMS 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.

Co-ordinator Note


Dr Mark Hill

ANAT2341 Embryology S2 2011
--Mark Hill 06:47, 20 July 2011 (EST)

Course Content 2011

2011 Timetable: | Embryology Introduction | Fertilization | Cell Division/Fertilization | Week 1 and 2 Development | Week 3 Development | Week 1 to 3 | Mesoderm Development | Ectoderm, Early Neural, Neural Crest | Trilaminar Embryo to Early Embryo | Early Vascular Development | Placenta | Vascular and Placenta | Endoderm, Early Gastrointestinal | Respiratory Development | Endoderm and Respiratory | Head Development | Neural Crest Development | Head and Neural Crest | Musculoskeletal Development | Limb Development | Musculoskeletal | Renal Development | Genital | Kidney and Genital | Sensory | Stem Cells | Stem Cells | Endocrine Development | Endocrine | Heart | Integumentary Development | Heart and Integumentary | Fetal | Birth and Revision | Fetal

Glossary Links

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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2024, April 22) Embryology ANAT2341 Embryology 2011. Retrieved from

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