415.671.92 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 1 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • explain the different ways to analyze birth defects: analytically, embryologically, and by developmental biological analysis
    • describe the basic stages of development: preimplantation, gastrulation, organogenesis, and fetal growth
    • describe the basic genetic molecular control mechanisms of development
    • describe the basic concept of evolutionary conservation of ontogeny
    • define the concepts of homologous genes and structures
    • describe the mechanism of laterality determination in vertebrates
    • analyze a congenital anomaly including the embryology and developmental biology of the genesis of the abnormality using sources including appropriate textbooks, journal articles and online resources
  • Course Description

    Familiarizes students with modern developmental biology and the use of this knowledge to understand common human malformations. Includes lectures on the methodology and model systems of developmental biology; a review of preimplantation development and gastrulation, and embryogensis/organogensis. Subsequent lectures focus on the development of organ systems.

  • Intended Audience

    Genetic Counseling Program

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Final exam.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.