Unit description

Provides foundations of human embryological development, with emphasis on tissue origin and differentiation to various support tissues and organ systems. Histology as the cellular basis of physiology is presented, with discussion of structure supporting function. The clinical aspects and embryological origin of histological abnormalities will be examined. Histological techniques will be covered in accordance with standard medical laboratory practices.

Unit content

Topic 1: Meiosis, Mitosis, differentiation of cells and implantation/general cell structure, epithelial tissues

Topic 2: Early development of tissues (gastrulation)/types of connective tissues

Topic 3: Embryonic period (organogenesis)/muscular system and common histopathologies

Topic 4: Fetal period (functional development)/nervous system and histopathologies

Topic 5: Bone development/skeletal tissue and common histopathologies

Topic 6: Embryonic folding/digestive system and common histopathologies

Topic 7: Respiratory development/respiratory system and common histopathologies

Topic 8: Circulatory development/cardiovascular system and common histopathologies

Topic 9: Kidney development/renal system and common histopathologies

Topic 10: Gonadal development/reproductive system and common histopathologies

Topic 11: Integumentary system development/Integumentary system and common histopathologies

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 (Wk 6, 9, 11)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week (Wk 1 & 13)
Lecture on-site 2 hours/week
Tutorial on-site 1 hours/week
Exam: closed book50%
Practical skillsSR

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