ANAT20030 Basic Tissues & Early Develop

Academic Year 2023/2024

A thorough knowledge of the microscopic architecture of tissues forms the basis for understanding physiological processes, the effects of disease and its treatment. This course examines the basic tissues found in mammalian organ systems, with a focus on tissue organisation and structure. Functional inter-relationships between the various tissue types is also considered, taking into account the role of various elements in the tissue hierarchy when structural integrity is compromised. The process of early mammalian development and consequences of developmental disturbances are also examined. This module forms part of the core curriculum for the MB BCh BAO degree in Medicine and the BSc in Biomedical Health & Life Science.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Biomedical Knowledge
1. Recognise and describe structural characteristics of the basic tissue types (supporting/connective tissues, epithelial tissues, muscle, blood and nervous tissues) at the level of light microscopy and/or electron microscopy.
2. Distinguish structural characteristics between the basic tissue types, and how these characteristics relate to the function of the tissue.
3. Understand the early development of the mammalian embryo according to key divisions, events and time course.
4. Know where the basic tissue types originate from during embryonic development.
5. Describe developmental disturbances that can arise during the early development of the mammalian embryo and present as malformations in the newborn child.

Clinical Skills
1. Know how microscopy is applied in clinical diagnosis, how tissue biopsies are prepared for pathological analysis, and appreciate aspects of interpreting microscopical images of tissue biopsies.

Indicative Module Content:

- Early mammalian development: from germ cell to implantation, and development of the pharyngeal arches.
- Microscopy: techniques and technical developments.
- Basic tissue histology and anatomy: cartilage, bone, skin, breast, blood and nervous system.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning










Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
1) Lectures
2) Computer Aided Learning Practicals (CALs) 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PHYS10020 - An introduction to Physiology:, PHYS20040 - Cell and Tissue Physiology, PHYS20060 - Fundamentals of Physiology

Basic Tissue and Early Develop (MDSA10040)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Practical MCQ Assessments Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: End of trimester examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Stevens & Lowe's human histology
by Lowe, J. S; Anderson, Peter G. (Pathologist); Stevens, Alan (Pathologist)
2015, Fourth edition. Available as eBook from library
Fifth edition available to purchase from book store
Third edition available as hard copy in library
Name Role
Dr Tom Flanagan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Peter Holloway Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Sabine Koelle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mark Pickering Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Arman Rahman Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Stephen Thorpe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor James Jones Tutor