Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Basic knowledge of (microscopic) anatomy, cell biology, histology,physiology, genetics and immunology.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    At the end of the course the students will be able to:

    • use relevant terminology and classify diseases

    • understand physiological and pathological processes and the basic concepts of diseases

    • recognize and describe the most common diseases using microscopic and macroscopic preparations

    • present and discuss (in own words) a biomedical research article (manuscript) related to the course literature and give constructive feedback on presentations by their colleagues.

    Compulsory practicals: 1) microscopy and, 2) digital microscopy of organs and tissues in different diseases. In Workgroups the students must prepare and present a presentation summarising scientific manuscripts. The workgroups will also give feedback to their colleagues in other workgroups.

    Lectures related to the textbook Robbins

    Group assignment including presentations of a scientific article 

    Preparation (macroscopic session) practical session : recognition of different pathologies in organ.

    Web-based digital practical sessions (10 hours): 3 sessions in which the students learn the basics of the literature by web microscopy and multiple choice questions

    Exam (95%): assessment is by two digital exams (95%) consisting of multiple choice and open questions.

    Presentation (5%): assessment is based on the presentation and discussion of a scientific paper

    Practicals: These are compulsory to obtain a grade . The final mark will be determined by the average of the scores for the two exams (95%) and the presentation (5%), and must be on average at least 5.5 (separate marks may be lower than a 5.5).

    Resits: One exam that includes the entire subject matter. The presentation cannot be retaken: the mark awarded will remain at the resit.


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