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ANAT3009: Functional Systems Histology

ANAT3009 provides students with the theoretical knowledge of the histology of different functional systems of the body. Hands-on practical training is gained in the operation of the light microscope to examine complex human and animal histological slides of different tissues. An in-depth understanding is gained of the alimentary, renal, endocrine, reproductive, and sensory systems, and this knowledge is applied to current trends in research and in the clinical field. For example, students are exposed to current research regarding embryo implantation and placental development, and its clinical application relating to IVF treatment. This encourages students to apply their knowledge to various fields and gain professional attitude towards learning and scientific endeavour. The practical sessions complement the theory lectures, ensuring students apply the lecture content and necessitate group work to complete practical discussion points. Students develop their written and oral communications skills in the language and conventions of the subject through regular discussions. The theoretical and practical skills gained will provide a basis for further studies in fields such as anatomy, histology, and pathology, or in postgraduate medicine, as well as in areas of research requiring knowledge of advanced cell biology and histological examination and evaluation.

Code ANAT3009
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
12cp from [ANAT2008 or (ANAT2010 or ANAT2011 or ANAT2910) or (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) or (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906) or (PHSI2007 or PHSI2907 or MEDS2001) or (PHSI2008 or PHSI2908) or MEDS2002 or MEDS2003 or MEDS2004 or MEDS2005 or (PSYC2010 or PSYC2910) or (PSYC2011 or PSYC2911) or PSYC2012 or PSYC2013 or PSYC2014 or PSYC2015 or (BIOL2021 or BIOL2921) or (BIOL2022 or BIOL2922) or (BIOL2024 or BIOL2924) or (BIOL2030 or BIOL2930) or (BIOL2031 or BIOL2931) or (BMED2401 and BMED2402)]
Assumed knowledge:
ANAT2008 or equivalent. competency with use of light microscope

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

  • LO1. To be competent with the use of the light microscope.
  • LO2. To use the light microscope and histological slides to interpret, classify and identify various tissues of the body.
  • LO3. To interpret electron microscope images to identify ultrastructural details related to cell/tissue function.
  • LO4. To discuss differences in tissue architecture via light and/or electron microscopy techniques and relate to tissue function.
  • LO5. To compare different histological features between multiple tissues to aid in identification and classification.
  • LO6. To analyse tissue using microscopy techniques and draw conclusions on tissue structure and function.