Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

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


  • Gametogenesis and implantation/general cell structure and epithelial tissue
  • Early development and differentiation of cells and tissues/types of connective tissue
  • Embryonic period (organogenesis)/muscular system
  • Fetal period (functional development)/nervous system
  • Bone development/skeletal tissue
  • Embryonic folding and gastrointestinal tract/digestive system
  • Respiratory development/respiratory system
  • Circulatory development/cardiovascular system
  • Kidney development/renal system
  • Gonadal development/reproductive system
  • Integumentary system development/Integumentary 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Moore, KL & Persaud, TVN, 2015, Before We Are Born, 9th edn, Saunders. ISBN: 9780323313377.
  • Young, B, O'Dowd, G & Woodford, P, 2014, Wheater’s Functional Histology, 6th edn, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780702047473.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Laboratory session 3 hours/week (3 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week (2 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours/week (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hours/week (7 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%
Practical skillsSR

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