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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides foundations of human embryological development, with emphasis on tissue origin and its differentiation to various support tissues and organ systems. Histology as the cellular basis of physiology is presented, with an emphasis of structure supporting function. Clinical aspects of common embryological abnormalities will be examined. Microscopy skills are developed and histological techniques such as microtomy and tissue staining will be covered.

Unit content

Embryology/Histology

  • Gametogenesis and implantation/general cell structure and epithelial tissue
  • Early development and differentiation of cells and tissues/types of connective tissue
  • Embryonic period (organogenesis)/muscular system
  • Fetal period (functional development)/nervous system
  • Bone development/skeletal tissue
  • Embryonic folding and gastrointestinal tract/digestive system
  • Respiratory development/respiratory system
  • Circulatory development/cardiovascular system
  • Kidney development/renal system
  • Gonadal development/reproductive system
  • Integumentary system development/Integumentary system

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate basic knowledge of human embryology
2 describe the four body tissue types and identify from images at the cellular level
3 describe organ systems and their tissues at a microscopic level
4 explain the relationship between the structure and function of selected human body systems
5 demonstrate competency in tissue processing and microscopy by employing practical and effective laboratory skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge of human embryology
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    • GA4:
  2. describe the four body tissue types and identify from images at the cellular level
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    • GA4:
  3. describe organ systems and their tissues at a microscopic level
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    • GA4:
  4. explain the relationship between the structure and function of selected human body systems
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  5. demonstrate competency in tissue processing and microscopy by employing practical and effective laboratory skills
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Prescribed texts

  • Moore, KL & Persaud, TVN, 2015, Before We Are Born, 9th edn, Saunders. ISBN: 9780323313377.
  • Young, B, O'Dowd, G & Woodford, P, 2014, Wheater’s Functional Histology, 6th edn, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780702047473.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.