Fall 2003; MWF: 9:00 AM -9:50 AM; 301 Tilton Memorial Hall

Instructor: Dr. Ken Muneoka, 2000 Percival Stern, 865-5546, kmuneoka@tulane.edu

Lecture Text: Human Embryology and Developmental Biology (Second edition) by B.M. Carlson

Course Description and Content: The focus of this course is on the anatomy of vertebrate embryogenesis with specific emphasis on humans. Topics include fertilization, implantation, gastrulation, neurulation and organogenesis of a variety of structures.

Course Goals and Objectives: The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to developmental anatomy of the human embryo. Emphasis is placed on anatomical change with some discussion of developmental mechanism and physiology.

Course Requirements:

Undergraduate students will be required to 1) attend lectures, 2) take 5 lecture exams and a final, 3) carry out web-based lab assignments and pass 4 lab exams, or participate in service learning, maintain an e-journal and write a reflective paper.

Graduate students will be required to 1) attend lectures, 2) take 5 lecture exams and a final, 3) take 3 take home exams, 4) write a term paper on a specific birth defect.

Course Schedule

Powerpoint slides are in pdf format (color)
Handouts are 6 slides per page in pdf format (black and white) - recommended for taking class notes
Video lectures are experimental this year.  Lectures are posted in 2 formats: Windows Media Player (wmp) for PC and Mac OS X users and Real Player (rp) for other users.  Download Windows Media Player here.  Download Real Player here.  




8/27 Introduction               Handout            
8/29 (Fri) No lab meeting
8/29, 9/3 Reproductive Cycle / Fertilization     Handout        

Video Lectures - 8/29/03rp - 8/29/03wmp    9/3/03rp - 9/3/03wmp   9/5/03rp - 9/5/03wmp

Ch. 1, 2
9/1 No Class Meeting - Labor Day  
9/5 (Fri) First Lab Meeting - 1PM, Israel 406  
9/5, 9/8 Cleavage / Implantation    Handout

Video Lectures - 9/8/03rp - 9/8/03wmp      9/10/03rm - 9/10/03vmp

Ch. 3
9/10 Service Learning Orientation - Charity Hospital, University Hospital, 5-7pm  
9/10, 9/12 Physiology of Pregnancy / Birth    Handout    9/12/03rm - 9/12/03wmp Ch. 17
9/15 Lecture Exam 1 (60 pts)  
9/15 Service Learning Orientation - Tulane University Hospital, 1-4pm  
9/17, 9/19, 9/22 Gastrulation / Neurulation / Early Heart Development    Handout Ch. 4,5
9/19 Graduate Students - Selection of Term Paper Topic  
9/19 (Fri) Lab Exam I - 1 PM, 402 Israel- 24h, 33h chick embryo  
9/24, 9/26 No Class Meeting  
9/29, 10/1 Placenta / Extraembryonic Membranes    Handout Ch. 6
10/3 Lecture Exam 2 (60 pts)  
10/3 Service Learning Students - Rap Session - 1 PM, Office of Service Learning  
10/6 No Class Meeting - Yom Kippur  
10/8, 10/10 Birth Defects    Handout Ch. 7
10/10 Lab Exam II - 1 PM, 402 Israel- 48h chick embryo  
10/13, 10/15, 10/20 Integument   Handout / Muscle  Handout / Skeletal Systems  Handout Ch. 8
10/22  Lecture Exam 3 (60 pts) 
10/24 Graduate Students - Term Paper Outline & Bibliography  
10/24, 10/27, 10/29 Limb Development    Handout Ch. 9
10/31, 11/3 Pharyngeal Apparatus    Handout Ch. 13
11/5  Lecture Exam 4 (60 pts) 
11/7 Lab Exam III - 1 PM, 402 Israel- 72h chick embryo  
11/7/ 11/10, 11/12 Digestive System     Handout Ch. 14
11/14 Respiratory System    Handout Ch. 14
11/17 No Class Meeting  
11/19, 11/21 Urogenital System    Handout Ch. 15
11/21 Graduate Students - Term Paper 1st Draft -  
11/24, 11/26, 11/28 No Class Meetings - Thanksgiving Break  
12/1 Urogenital System    Handout Ch. 15
12/3 Lecture Exam 5 (60 pts)  
12/5 General Review  
12/5 Lab Exam IV - 1 PM, 402 Israel  - 10 mm pig embryo
Service Learning Reflection Paper
12/13 (Sat), 1:00 pM Final Exam - Lecture
Term Paper - Graduate Students Only

Lecture Exams - Each exam including the final is worth 60 points. The final exam is comprehensive and worth 100 points. All exams will include a combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching, definitions and short answer questions.

Take Home Exams – Graduate students will take the lecture exam and will be given an open book take home essay exam that will be due electronically by 5 pm of the following day. There will be 3 take home exams associated with 3 of the 5 midterm lecture exams. There will not be a take home exam associated with the final exam. Take home exams are worth a total of 75 points (25 points each).


Lab/Service Learning

Undergraduate tudents will have the option of taking the online Embryology Lab component or the Service Learning component. This component will be worth 20% of the final grade.

Labs - The goal of the lab is to introduce you to a microscopic examination of the embryo. Histological sections of the chick and the pig embryo will be used to illustrate changes that occur as the embryo develops. Serial sections of these embryos have been transferred onto the internet and can be visualized from any computer station on campus or via modem from a remote site. There will be 4 lab exams worth a total of 100 points (25 points each).

Service Learning – Students will select the lab component or the Service Learning component at the start of the semester. Switching once the semester has started is not allowed. In collaboration with the Office of Service Learning at Tulane University and the volunteer services programs at a number of local hospitals, students will volunteer their time at one of three Service Learning sites:

  1. University Hospital OB/GYN (3 positions)
  2. Charity Hospital Outpatient Radiology (3 positions)
  3. Tulane University Hospital (3-4 positions)

Students involved with Service Learning will be required to work 4 hours each week (a total of 40 hours during the semester) and to maintain a journal. Grades (100 points) will be based on attendance (50 points), e-journal entries (25 points) and a reflective paper (5-10 pages, double spaced, 25 points) due on the last day of class (December 5). Weekly journal entries will be submitted electronically at kmuneoka@tulane.edu.



Final grades are assigned based on a total of 500 points for undergraduate students and 575 points for graduate students. Final grades for undergraduate and graduate students will be assigned separately.


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