Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques (to qualify as a biomedical laboratory worker) (Verona)

Morphological and functional fundamentals of life - ISTOLOGIA

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Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Chiarini
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Lezioni 1anno 1 semestre TLB dal Oct 5, 2020 al Dec 4, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The Histology teaching aims to provide the student with a clear and up-to-date picture of the cells of the human body and their morpho-functional organization in different tissues. Such basic knowledge is prerequisite and indispensable to the continuation of the academic learning programs.


Cytology: eukaryotic cell: plasma membrane, cytoplasm, cytoplasmic organelles (endoplasmic reticulum:rough and smooth, Golgi apparatus, mitochondria,ribosomes, lysosomes). Cytoskeleton (general structure and function),nuclear envelope, nucleus (chromatin, DNA organization and chromosomes),nucleolus, cell cycle (mitosis). Histology: epithelial tissues, characteristic features of epithelial cells. Types of epithelia: Covering or lining epithelia, glandular epithelia (exocrine and endocrine glands: examples). Connettive tissue: cells of connective tissue: fibroblasts and residential cells. Fibers: collagen, reticular fibers, elastic fibers, ground substance. Adipose tissue: white and brown Cartilage: hyaline, elastic cartilage, fibrocartilage. Cells and the matrix. Bone: bone cells, bone matrix. Blood: cells and serum/plasma. Muscle tissue: skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle, smooth muscle. Cells and organization. Central and peripheral nervous system: neurons and glial cells. Book: JUNQUEIRA'S Basic Histology - Text & Atlas (12th Edition) Anthony L. Mescher McGraw Hill Lange

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Roberto Colombo, Ettore Olmo Biologia - Cellula e Tessuti Edi-Ermes 2014
Jeffrey B. Kerr Istologia funzionale CEA 2012 9780729538374
Sica G., Di Primio R., Armato U., Bani D., Baroni T., et al. Istologia per le professioni sanitarie (Edizione 1) Idelson-Gnocchi 2015 978-88-7947-593-8
Anthony L. Mescher Junqueira Istologia Testo e Atlante, VI Edizione Italiana a cura di Ubaldo Armato, Anna Chiarini, Ilaria Pierpaola Dal Prà, Raffaella Pacchiana. (Edizione 6) PICCIN 2012 978-88299-2166-9

Assessment methods and criteria

Examination: written open questions with suggestions. The written test potentially covers all the topics of the program delivered at the opening of the course to the student.
A written intermediate test regarding the first part of the program is offered during the course. The intermediate test is valid until the end of the academic year. Students that have not passed successfully the intermediate test must repeat the complete program examination.
If the student passed the intermediate test, the final vote is obtained from the following formula: Vote = Vote_intermediate test * 0.5 + Vote_second part * 0.5.
In the case where due to the COVID-19 epidemic the exam could not be administered in person, the exam may be remotely carried out in oral form through the Zoom platform.

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