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Unit description

Provides foundations of human embryological development, with emphasis on tissue origin and its differentiation to various support tissues and organ systems. Histology as the cellular basis of physiology is presented, with an emphasis of structure supporting function. Clinical aspects of common embryological abnormalities will be examined. Microscopy skills are developed and histological techniques such as microtomy and tissue staining will be covered.

Unit content

  1. General cell structure / Gametogenesis and implantation/ Epithelial tissue / Early development / Types of connective tissue
  2. Differentiation of cells and tissues / Embryonic period (organogenesis) / Muscular system / Nervous Tissue 
  3. Embryonic folding / Foetal period / Functional development / Integumentary system development / Integumentary system
  4. Bone development / Skeletal tissue / Gastrointestinal tract / Digestive system
  5. Respiratory development / Respiratory system / Circulatory development / Cardiovascular system
  6. Kidney development / Renal system / Gonadal development / Reproductive system

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe the development of selected body system organs and tissues, including how structure supports function at the cellular level of these organs and tissues
2apply knowledge of the four tissue types of the human body at a cellular level, including their embryological origin
3compare and contrast healthy tissue and diseased tissue in selected human body systems
4demonstrate safe and effective practice to section and stain tissue in preparation for microscopy

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the development of selected body system organs and tissues, including how structure supports function at the cellular level of these organs and tissues
  2. apply knowledge of the four tissue types of the human body at a cellular level, including their embryological origin
  3. compare and contrast healthy tissue and diseased tissue in selected human body systems
  4. demonstrate safe and effective practice to section and stain tissue in preparation for microscopy

Prescribed Learning Resources

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Laboratory 3 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Practical skills30%
Case study50%
Notice

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