Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Histology and Anatomy

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course




- To understand the basic concepts of histology
- To apply them to the study of organs and systems


- Apithelial Tissues
- Connective Tissues
- Cartilage and Bone
- Muscular Tissues
- Nervous Tissues
- Skin
- Blood and Blood Vessels
- Lymphatic System
- Digestive System
- Urinary System
- Reproductive System

- THE SKIN - The main structure and functions of the skin with anatomical application.
- THE SKELETAL SYSTEM - The main structure of cartilage and bone in the human body and how it relates to function. Types of cartilage and macro anatomy of bone. Haversian System and bone development.
- JOINTS - The main classification of joints with clinical examples. Particular attention is paid to synoreial joints and their structure.
- THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM - Different types of muscles and where found, relating muscle type to function. Muscle action is general.
- THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM - LYMPHATIC VESSELS with particular attention to structure of lymph nodes. General structure and function of lymphatic tissue.
- THE NERVOUS SYSTEM - Structure and function of nerve cells and corresponding support cells such as Schwammr cells. Peripheral and central nervous system. Somatic and autonomic nervous system. Different structures of the two systems and a comparative review of the sympathetic and parasympathetic system with practical applications.
- LOOSE CONNECTIVE TISSUE - Fascia, Arealar tissue, ligaments raphis, aponeurosis, fatty tissue and other types of connective tissue.
- SEROUS AND MUCOUS MEMBRANES IN GENERAL - Differences between serous and mucous membranes with practical examples.
- BLOOD VESSELS - The main structures and differences in blood vessels in the body.
- THE HEART - Development of the heart anatomy of the heart chambers, conduction of the heart, anatomy of the great vessels, pericardium.
- THE LUNGS - pleural cavaity, trachea, bronchi and bronchial tree, bronchi-pulmonary segments.
- THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT - Stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, and biliary tract.
- THE URINARY TRACT - Kidneys, main ureters, bladder and urethra.
- THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM - Pituitary gland, Thyroid and suprarenal gland.vesicles, vas, penis and perineum.
- THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM - Vulva, vagina, uterus fallopian tubes, ovaries and an overview of menstruation.
- THE CRANIAL NERVES - The main cranial nerves of the body and their supply.

Reading List

Anatomy and Physiology - Martini


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Ernest Azzopardi
Christian Zammit

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