37188 - Histology and Embryology Laboratory (C2A)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student is skilled at light microscope use. In particular, the student is able to recognize and classify the human tissues.

Course contents

Principles of optical microscopy. Distinctive features and classification elements of: coating epitheliums, exocrine and endocrine epithelia, connective tissues, blood and lymphoid tissues, cartilaginous, adipose, bone, muscle and nervous tissues.

In the laboratory, the student independently observes histological sections by the optical microscope. The teacher is in the laboratory to support the students.

Principles of optical microscopy, preparation of histological preparations. Distinctive features, recognition and classification elements of: coating epitheliums, exocrine and endocrine glandular epithelia, connective tissues, blood and lymphoid tissues, cartilaginous, adipose, bone, muscle and nervous tissues. The laboratory activity foresees that the student independently performs the observation of histological preparations by means of an optical microscope. The teacher is present in the laboratory to support the development of the individual skills of the student.

Readings/Bibliography


Any atlas of histology is suitable to integrate the concepts transmitted by the teachers.

Teaching methods


In the classroom, the projection of histological preparations aims to teach the strategies of recognition and classification of normal human tissues.

Individual practical activity is planned in the laboratory. It aims to provide each student with the opportunity to become familiar with the use of an optical microscope and to develop the individual skills for tissue recognition.

Assessment methods

The final exam is practical and carried out in the laboratory.
The assessment of the histological skills is carried out with the aid of an optical microscope and consists in the recognition and classification of the tissues present in three histological slides.
The description of the elements that have determined the recognition and classification of the tissues is required.

Teaching tools

Mono and binocular optical microscopes, 5-heads optical microscope for groups of students, optical microscope connected to a 60" screen. Virtual histological slides are available online at:

http://virtualmicroscopy.patologia-sperimentale.unibo.it/_contenuti/index.php?viewPage=14

Office hours

See the website of Luca Scapoli