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ANAT2008: Principles of Histology

This unit of study covers the principles of cell biology and examines the structure of cells, tissues and organ systems at the light and electron microscopic levels. The focus is on human systems. Histology, also known as microscopic anatomy, is the scientific study of the microscopic structure of organs and tissues in the body. This branch of science involves examining tissues with light and electron microscopes to gather details that are invisible to the naked eye. Students will gain an understanding of the microanatomy of cells, tissues and organs and be able to relate this structure to the function of these systems. This course begins with an introduction to cell biology and moves through a description of the four major tissue types in the body - epithelium, connective tissue, muscle and nervous tissue. Some simple body systems are also introduced and investigated histologically. This unit provides students with practical experience in histology, where they will use microscopes to examine specimens that have been sectioned, stained and mounted on glass slides. Modern practical applications of histology, including molecular and cell biology, and their utility for research are also discussed.

Code ANAT2008
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
BMED2401 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2404 or BMED2405 or BMED2406 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BMED2803 or BMED2804 or BMED2805 or BMED2806 or BMED2807 or BMED2808
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. To demonstrate competence in the setup and use of the light microscope.
  • LO2. To demonstrate knowledge of histological features, utilising them to identify and classify various tissues.
  • LO3. To interpret electron microscope images to identify ultrastructural details related to cell/tissue function.
  • LO4. To understand the 4 basic tissue types and their organisation into organs and tissues.
  • LO5. To recognise 2-dimensional histological structures and relate them to the 3-dimensional structure of organs and tissues.
  • LO6. To recognise key features of histological structures and relate these to the function of organs and tissues.
  • LO7. To illustrate key cellular and histological features by constructing visual diagrams and explanations.