On-line Developmental Atlas
Laboratory Syllabus 24-hour Chick Embryo
  33-hour Chick Embryo
Lecture Syllabus 48-hour Chick Embryo
  72-hour Chick Embryo
On-line Lectures  
Extramural Links 10-mm Pig Embryo


Course Description

This is a 4 credit elective course that includes a lecture component focusing on the developing Human embryo and a choice of either a microscopic anatomy lab component or a "hands-on" service learning component. Students will have the option of taking the digital Embryology Lab or the Service Learning component. Completion of either component will be worth 20% of the final grade.

Briefly, the digital lab, which can either be accessed on-line or on CD, targets the developing embryos of the chick and the pig. The goal of the lab exercises 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. Lab exams will require students to correctly identify anatomical structures during various stages of embryonic development. Grades will be calculated from the scores of two Lab Exams over the course of the semester, and final grades will be assigned based on the class curve.

The Service Learning Component of this course is designed to introduce students to related healthcare/medical occupations. There are 5 service learning sites available for the Fall 2000 semester:

  1. University Hospital Labor and Delivery,
  2. University Hospital OB/GYN,
  3. Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,
  4. Great Expectations Foundation (working with nurses in community health centers), and
  5. Positive Talk (pregnancy prevention).
Students involved with Service Learning will be required to work 3-4 hours each week (35 total hours/semester), to attend Service Learning Center "Rap" sessions, and to maintain a journal. Grades will be based on attendance, journal entries, and a reflective paper (5-10 pages, double spaced) due on the last day of class (December 6). Weekly journal entries will be submitted electronically to Ken Muneoka.

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.

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118