Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BP006B
Credits (ECTS)3
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
prof. dr. G. Flik
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. G. Flik
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
KW3  (28/01/2019 to 07/04/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Learning objectives

Proceeding from your knowledge of cytology (assessed in an additional Versatest module preceding the course) you will be able to recognise the four basic tissues: epithelia (and glands), connective tissue (and its subtypes cartilage and bone), muscle tissues, and nervous tissue; you can name the tissues and explain their function(s).
You will be able to recognise and explain the qualities of classical and modern microscope techniques (e.g.  light-, electron- and confocal microscopy) applied to study tissues and organs (fixed or living).
You will learn to make the translation from 2-dimensional preparations (the sliced tissue) to their origin in 3-dimensional tissues.
You will be able to recognise the four basic tissues in complex preparations  (in for instance a section of a mouse head with skin, bone and nerve tissue) and explain and give arguments for their functions.
You can explain and indicate the differential tasks of cells in a tissue and of tissues in complex organs and predict functions of cells and tissues.
The course ‘Histology’ assumes you have (pre-)knowledge of cell membranes, cell-cell contacts, cytoskeleton , the nucleus and nucleolus, mitochondria, rough and smooth endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi complex ( a Versatest module will be offered before start of the course) to explain the specialisations of the four basic tissues: epithelia, connective tissues, muscle tissues and nervous tissue. Blood as a connective tissue with a fluid matrix will be addressed in the course ‘Human Biology’ in Q4. The histology of the basic tissues is illustrated with examples of daily life such as effects of training and fitness on the neuromuscular apparatus, cartilage damages, osteoporosis and related  items addressed in recent newspapers .
The course applies the principle of ‘flipping the class room’: the student prepares topics with support of a manual and questionaire by reading relevant chapters  from ‘Junqueira’s Basic Histology (Text and Atlas, fourteenth Edition or later) and Versatest modules and then follows the related lectures. In practicals, with support of teaching assistents, the students study real specimens of the basic tissues by light microscopy. Individual oral exams are organised to follow the study progress of the students
Additional comments
Working practices
Lectures 20 hrs
Practicals 20 hrs (attendence requirement)
Versatest 20 hrs (attendence requirement)
Scheduled self-study including a Biology in Society assignment 24 hrs

Epithelia and glands
Connective tissue, cartilage and Bone
Muscle tissue (skeletal, heart and smooth)
Nervous tissue

Test information
Electronic exam (90% of final score) with multiple choice and versatest recognition tests. Oral exams (10% of final score).

High School level histology, Versatest module cytology

Contact information
Contact: D. Maurits, 3653244 or d.maurits@ science.ru.nl

Required materials
Junqueira’s basic Histology, text and Atlas, fourteenth edition or later

Instructional modes
(Computer)Lab course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Course occurrence


Self study

Exam, digital
Test weight9
Test typeDigital exam with Versatest
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW3, Block KW4

Oral exam
Test weight1
Test typeOral exam
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW3