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ANAT 309 Functional Histology

ANAT 309 Functional Histology

 Winter 2023 (Blended & Online)
 Year 3 Optional Course
 9-10 hours/week
 3 units
On-Campus Course
Online Course

Dr. Lynne Postovit

ANAT 309, Functional Histology, is designed to introduce students to the field of mammalian histology, or microscopic anatomy. Histology is a branch of the anatomical sciences that deals with the study of the structure and functions of normal tissues and cells of the body.

Much of what is known today about the tissues and cells of the body comes from classical light microscopy. However, the advent of electron microscopy in the 1950s and the availability of other procedures in electron microscopy (such as freeze-fracture technique and scanning electron microscopy) have added tremendous information to the knowledge of the structure of tissues and cells at the ultrastructural level. Advances made in other microscopic techniques, both at the light and electron microscopic levels such as radioautography, immunofluorescence, cytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and in situ hybridization) have helped further understand the structure-function relation of various organelles within the cell.

Throughout the course modules, students will be introduced to the histology of many of the body's tissues and organs with particular emphasis on structure-function relationships at the cell and tissue level.

Minimum 3rd year (level 3) standing and one of (PHGY 170/3,0; BIOL 102/3.0; BIOL 103/3.0; BIOL 202/3.0).

This course will be delivered in both an online and a blended format.

After completing ANAT 309, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and describe the organization of the mammalian cell and the function of the major cell organelles
  2. Using histological sections, identify the four basic tissue types and various tissues, organs and cell types
  3. Compare, contrast and discuss the differences in the organization and structure of the four basic tissue types and their association into organs and systems
  4. Describe normal structure-function relationships within cells and tissues as well as recognize abnormal histology, such that a prediction of the consequences of this disruption can be made for a disease state

The assessments that correspond with the program competencies are indicated below:

  1. Communicator (Assessments 1-4)
  2. Advocate (Assessment 2)
  3. Leader (n/a)
  4. Collaborator (Assessment 2)
  5. Professional (Assessment 2)
  6. Scholar (Assessment 2)
  7. Content Expert (Assessments 1-4)

Assessment 1 – Modules Quizzes (20%)

Students will complete six proctored module quizzes throughout the semester. The quizzes will consist of multiple choice, bell-ringer, and short answer questions designed to test the student’s knowledge of course material. Each module quiz will cover concepts covered in the two previous modules.

Assessment 2 – Histology Conference: Case Study Presentation (30%)

For this assessment, students will work in groups to create a narrated PowerPoint presentation based on a case study that is provided. In the scenario, students will extend their knowledge of course content and present an analysis of the case at a fictitious Histology Conference. Each group will answer a series of questions in their presentation and will advocate for how histology may allow one to determine disease and/or understand a biological process. Students will participate in two ‘conferences’ (or create two presentations) throughout the semester.

Assessment 3 – Midterm Exam (20%)

Students are required to write a proctored midterm exam. The exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions designed to assess the integration and application of course material from Modules 01-06.

Assessment 4 – Final Exam (30%)

Students are required to write a proctored final exam. The exam is cumulative and will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions designed to assess the integration and application of material from the entire course.

Students can expect to spend approximately 9-10 hours a week (108-120 hours per term) in study, practice, and online activity for ANAT 309.

Learning modules, course notes, and select readings will be made available as needed by the instructor. There will not be any specific textbook recommended for use this year. Lecture notes will be posted on the course website weekly.