Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Scienze
A.A. 2016/2017
Credits 6
Hours 48
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code ST01 3S193


Knowledge of the Histology

Development of the course

The course consists of ex-cathedra lessons and laboratory exercitations conducted in small groups  (maximum 24 students for each group). The exercitations consist in the observation of histologic sections of human organs by light microscopy. 
The teacher inserts in moodle the slides projected to lesson.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student must acquire sufficient knowledge to describe human body organization. Such knowledges are fundamental to understand the functions of both organs and systems. The student must attend both lectures and exercitations in order to achieve such results. These lessons will be based on the arguments listed in the programme.      

Ability to apply the knowledge:
The student must be able to interpret human histological sections during the exercitations by the use of the light microscopy.  


Course content (ex-cathedra lessons, 6 CFU, 48 hours):
Organization of human body and anatomical nomenclature. Skin and its appendages. Short account of musculoskeletal system. Cardiovascular and lymphatic system (thymus, lymph node and spleen). Gastrointestinal tract. Respiratory tract. Urinary system. Male and female reproductive system. Endocrine system. Central nervous system.
The student must learn both macroscopic (basic knowledge) and microscopic (detailed knowledge) appearance for each organ.   

By light microscopy, recognition of the histological sections (slides) of human organs. Differential diagnostic criteria between the organs. 

Development of the examination

Methods for assessing learning outcomes:
The exam consists of two tests: practice and oral. In the first the student must describe a histological section selected from the teacher, which follows the diagnosis of the organ. Passing the practice test, the student can access to oral test. This latter consists in two questions: 1) macroscopic description  (weight, size, consistency, location, relationship), including the vascularization, and, mainly, microscopic description of an internal organ, 2) description of a part of the central nervous system or a nervous via (sensitive or motor).

Criteria for assessing learning outcomes: 
In the practice test the student must prove of recognizing the tissues that make an organ and how they are assembled in the organ that he is observing. In the oral test, it will be evaluated his ability to describe both macroscopically and, in particular, microscopically an internal organ, a part of the central nervous, or, alternately, a nervous via (ascending or descending). 

Criteria for measuring learning outcomes:
The final vote is attributed thirty. The exam is passed when the vote is greater than or equal to 18. It is expected to be awarded of full marks with honors (30 cum laude).

Criteria for conferring final mark:
The final vote is attributed by adding to the rating of the practice test to that of the oral test. Summa cum laude is attributed when the student shows full mastery of the matter, also from a point of view of the anatomical nomenclature.

Recommended reading

Marco Artico et al.: Anatomia Umana - Principi. edi-ermes, Milano, 2005.
Manrico Morroni: Anatomia Microscopica Funzionale dei Visceri Umani. edi-ermes, Milano, 2008. 
Manrico Morroni: Anatomia Microscopica – Atlante, edi-ermes, Milano, 2014.
Giovanni Grasso: Sistema Nervoso Centrale, Piccin, Padova, 2014.

  • Scienze biologiche

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