Foundations of Anatomy and Histology

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Anatomy and Histology

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SCB112 or LQB182

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A detailed understanding of human anatomy is fundamental to the knowledge base of the medically orientated biological scientist. This unit introduces you to both theoretical and practical aspects of gross, systemic and microscopic anatomy of the human body with emphasis on the microscopic anatomy. The unit builds upon knowledge gained in previous units which introduced you to basic principles of cell structure and function. Knowledge gained in this unit provides a basis for more advanced studies in cellular pathology, histochemistry and cytology.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Describe and interpret the structure, location and relationships of cells, tissues and organs of the human body through the application of accurate anatomical terminology.
    2. Critically evaluate and reflect upon anatomical case problems then communicate your understanding through appropriate generic and analytical writing skills.
    3. Demonstrate proficiency in relevant practical skills in anatomical sciences, including the application of light microscopy to the analysis of organ histology.
    4. Demonstrate ethical knowledge and behaviours required in the workplace and QUT with respect to safe laboratory practise and the use of anatomical specimens.
    Structural and Functional Organisation of the Human Body
    Introduction to the basic concepts of human anatomy.
    Overview of the structural organisation of the human body including directional terms, planes and sections, body cavities, quadrants and regions.
    The Cell
    Overview of different cell types in the human body.
    Introduction to the basic structure of cell membranes, organelles and inclusions.
    Overview of the four major tissue types.
    Morphology and classification of epithelial, connective, muscle and nervous tissues and general functions.
    Bones and Skeletal Tissues
    Overview of the gross anatomy of the axial and appendicular skeleton.
    Structural and functional characteristics of spongy and compact bone and the major cartilage types found in the adult skeleton.
    Introduction to the major joint types and the basic forms of human movement they facilitate.
    Muscles and Muscle Tissue
    Introduction to skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle.
    Major skeletal muscles.
    Nervous System
    Overview of the structural and functional divisions of the nervous system.
    Structural and functional characteristics of neurones and neuroglia.
    Gross and microscopic anatomy of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system structures.
    The structure and function of general receptors, the visual system and other special sensory receptors.
    Cardiovascular System
    Gross and microscopic anatomy of the heart and associated linings.
    Overview of the structure and distribution of major vessels of the systemic, pulmonary and coronary circulation.
    Histology of arteries, veins and capillaries.
    Respiratory System
    Gross and microscopic anatomy of conducting and respiratory zone structures and the pleural membranes.
    Digestive System
    Introduction to the gross anatomy and basic function of the gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs.
    Structure and location of the peritoneum.
    Histology of the accessory organs and the four main layers of the gastrointestinal tract.
    Renal System
    Overview of the gross and microscopic anatomy of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra.
    Anatomy of the nephron.
    Blood cells and the Lymphatic System
    Composition and physical characteristics of blood.
    Histology of erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets.
    Gross and microscopic anatomy of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymphoid organs.
    Integumentary System
    Overview of the gross anatomy of skin.
    Histology of the dermis and epidermis.
    Structural features of skin appendages.
    Endocrine System
    Overview of the basic structural organisation of the endocrine system.
    Structural relationships between the hypothalamus and pituitary.
    Gross anatomy and histology of the major endocrine glands.
    Reproductive System
    Gross and microscopic anatomy of the male and female gonads and accessory structures.

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