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ANAT 309 / BMED 831 - Functional Histology

 Fall 2023 (Online & Blended)
 Year 3
 10-11 hours/week
 3 units
On-Campus Course
Online Course

An outline of basic mammalian tissues.


NOTE Priority will be given to students registered in a LISC Specialization Plan.

BIOL 102/3.0 or BIOL 103/3.0 or BIOL 202/3.0

Priority will be given to students registered in a LISC Specialization Plan.

  1. A comprehensive knowledge of the microscopic anatomy of the human body is essential for a better understanding of the normal function or malfunction of the organs. The organs, for examples the brain, heart, lung, intestine, kidney etc. are complex structures made up of an intrigue association of cells collectively known as tissue. A tissue, therefore, may be defined as a group or groups of cells with common morphological characteristics and specific function(s). This course is designed to help the students to study the histology of all of the body's systems with particular emphasis on structure-function relationships at the tissue and cell level.
  2. Students will learn the identification of organs, tissues and cells and study their structure-function relationships with histological slides in the laboratory. Students will also study and learn to identify and recognize ultrastructural details of certain tissues and cells with the aid of electron micrographs.
  3. At the end of the course, students are expected to have a good grasp of the histological structures of the body's systems and gain a good knowledge of the biological functions of tissues and cells covered in the lectures.

There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination. Both examinations consist of a laboratory component and a written component.

Mid-Term Examination:

  • Laboratory component (10%)
  • Written component (20%)

Final Examination

  • Laboratory component (25%)
  • Written component (45%)

*Additional work will be prescribed for graduate students enrolled in BMED 831

120 Hours (36 Lecture; 24 Lab; 60 P)

There will not be any specific textbook recommended for use this year. Handouts will be given out at the beginning of each lecture. However, students may purchase the following textbook from the campus bookstore as a reference textbook.

For in-depth reading: Junqueira's Basic Histology - Text and Atlas by Anthony L. Mescher, the latest edition, McGraw Hill.

The following atlas is recommended for use in the laboratory sessions: Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas by H. G. Burkitt, B. Young and J.W. Heath, the latest edition, Churchchill Livingstone, New York.

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale

Grade  Numerical Course Average (Range)

A+            90-100

A              85-89

A-             80-84

B+            77-79

B              73-76

B-             70-72

C+            67-69

C              63-66

C-             60-62

D+            57-59

D              53-56

D-             50-52

F              49 and below