Biology 344........ Spring 2014........ Dr. G.R. Davis

Office 203E Milliken, Biology Suite
Campus phone 597-4621 Cell 864-237-2165

Class Meetings MWF 1-1:50 pm MSH 105, Lab M 2-5 MSH 105
Text: Ross & Pawlina (2011) Histology: A Text and Atlas, 6th ed.

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RMSC 105 (Microbiology lab) is available for laser disk study with Key card access anytime the building is open.

Tips on Studying Histology




Class Meeting Topics

Links to questions in word.doc format and (number of questions)

Quiz each Friday based on Monday's lab topics

Lab Topics and Lists of Plates and Slides for each Lab
(latest revision on 5 March 2011)
Labs on Mondays

M   FEB 3

Overview of Histology Meeting in Lab 105 on Monday, Feb 3 at 2 pm.
W  FEB 5 Methods (37)

F Feb 7

Tissues (7) and Epithelia (46) Tips for Using a Microscope

M  FEB 10

Connective tissue(61) Epithelia (1) List of Plates and Slides
W  FEB 12  Adipose (19) and Cartilage (33)

 M   FEB 17 

Bone (57) Connective Tissue, Cartilage, and Adipose Tissue (2)

W  FEB 19

Bone formation  (48)

M   FEB 24

Blood (60) Bone (3)

W  FEB 26

Muscle (47)
M   MAR 3 Nervous system (66) Blood and Muscle (4) Tips on Studying Histology

W  MAR 5   

Blood & Muscle laserdisk reveiw from lab, Finish Nervous system questions.  

M   MAR 10   

Cardiovascular system (51) Nervous Tissue (6)

W MAR 12

Review before upcoming Test #1.  

M MAR 17   

Test #1 (up to and including nervous tissue ) 1 hr for 100 laser disk questions, ~30 min for short answer. Cardiovascular (5)

W MAR 19

Integumentary System (76)

M MAR 24

Lymphatic System (74) Lymphoid Organs and Skin (7)

W MAR 26

Digestive I: Mouth, Teeth, Tongue, Salivary glands. (59)



M MAR 31

Digestive II Part A: Esophagus, Stomach (52) Tongue, Teeth, Esophagus, and Stomach (8)


Digestive II Part B: Intestines (31)  
Week of Apr 7-12 Spring Break  

M APR 14

Digestive III: Liver, Gall bladder, Pancreas (57) Intestines, Liver, Gall Bladder, Pancreas, Salivary Glands (9)

W APR 16

Respiratory System (31) and Urinary System (44)  

M APR 21

Test # 2 covers Cardiovascular, Lymphoid Organs, Skin, Tongue, Teeth, Salivary Glands, Esophagus, Stomach
Intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

1 hr for 100 laser disk questions, ~30 min for short answer. Lab starts 10 min after test ends


Urinary System (10)

W APR 23

Male Reproductive System (46) and Laser Disk review of Respiratory System (no microscopy of Respiratory System)  

M APR 28

Female Reproductive System (69)

Male & Female Reproductive Systems (11)
W APR 30 Endocrine System (54)
M May 5 Test # 3 covers respiratory, urinary, male and female reproductive systems. Endocrine Glands and Eye (12) (no microscopy for this lab)


Eye (28)  
F MAY 10 Quiz on Endocrine, Eye & Cochlea  

W May 14

Cumulative Exam 2-5 pm ..........................About the Final Exam  



COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Microscopic study of the cellular structure of organs and tissues.

COURSE OBJECTIVE:  The student should be able to recognize and name cell types, tissues, and organs and the specializations and selected abnormalities in each of the above in normal mammalian material prepared for the light microscope.

MEASURING PROGRESS TOWARD OBJECTIVE:  Weekly quizzes based on text readings and the contents of laboratory exercise for that week will reveal the extent to which students have mastered the material on each topic.  The weekly quizzes are oral, written, and visual in the sense that the professor asks questions orally from a database of several thousand laser disk images projected onto a large screen.  Answers are written by students on an answer sheet provided.  Three examinations are of a similar format but include selected questions derived from the study questions provided for each text chapter.  The final comprehensive exam incorporates the same format of imaged-based questions and chapter questions.

TECHNOLOGY SKLLS:  At the end of each laboratory, the contents of the lab are reviewed by the professor using images from a laserdisk which students may access for nearly 24 hour/ day.  Students study in small groups outside of normal lab hours in preparation for the quizzes and exams.  Thus students master the use of laserdisk hardware and projection equipment.  For many of the quizzes and exams, images are taken from an imagebank for which students do not have access so that students cannot simply memorize the information from the images.

INSTRUCTIONAL FORMAT:  For each topic (chapter or subdivision of a chapter), students are provided a set of study questions (typically 30-60) that are to be answered in advance of class meeting time.  In over a decade of experience, it has been demonstrated that 80% of the material can be learned by students working alone on the study questions and that the remaining 20% of the information requires clarification by the instructor.  Thus class time is used very efficiently to deal only with those questions and concepts students find problematic.  Students voluntarily form study groups in which they intensively review the laboratory topics as found in image banks.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  As this course is filled with highly-motivated students, many of which plan to attend medical or dental school, attendance is not usually a problem and is not carefully monitored by the instructor.  Weekly quizzes assure high attendance.

Special note on attendance: Some studenst will have interviews with graduate programs that conflict with Histology class or lab. By all means you must do those interviews! You simply must! And don't feel bad about missing class or lab or a quiz either. These interviews are what you've worked so hard to achieve and are strong evidence that you're a worthy candidate. I'm proud of you for that reason, and I'm confident that you can catch up on whatever material you miss. But I cannot/will not give makeup quizzes or labs. I have not in the past 15 years and will not start this year. This is not intended to be harsh but simply an acknowledgment that missing one or two quizzes will not be your undoing. So, if you know that you'll be missing classes and labs and quizzes, then you must realize that you don't have any absences to use for other purposes.

GRADING: 10 point scale:  A = 90-100, B = 80-89, etc.  60 = lowest passing grade. Grades of + and - are determined once all grades have been obtained.

Course grade is based on 3 tests = 60% , one cumulative Final exam = 20%, weekly quizzes = 20%

Typically the lowest 2 quiz grades are dropped assuming all quizzes have been taken. Missed quizzes (up to two) will be included in the number of dropped quiz grades.  Neither quizzes nor tests may be made up, even with excused absences. In the case of a missed test, the grade from the final exam will be counted in place of the missed test.

Statement for Academic Integrity:  Honor Code

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