lvete1390  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
8 credits
45.0 h + 60.0 h
Gofflot Françoise;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Within the body, the different tissues are composed of specific structures and specialized cells that assemble to form organs, which will ultimately participate to the major functional systems of the animal. In this course, we will study in detail the morphological and functional characteristics of the main functional systems of the body, namely the cardiovascular, integumentary, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems. We will also tackle the central nervous system and the senses organs.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 This course is built upon and extends the concepts acquired in the course of 'general histology' (LBIO1232A). It is aimed to provide veterinary students with a panorama of organs' histology and functions in correlation with the course of 'animal physiology'. The emphasis is put on the histology of domestic animals and on comparative aspects among different species. The histological analysis is more or less detailed according to the importance of the physiological and biochemical processes which take place in the studied tissue, and depending on the clinical and pathological significance of the system.

The course is organized into 11 chapters that review the major systems of the organism
1- Cardiovascular system
2- Integumentary system
3- Lymphatic system
4- Digestive system
5- Respiratory system
6- Urinary system
7- Male reproductive system
8- Female reproductive system
9- Endocrine system
10- Sense organs (Eye, Ear)
11- Central nervous system
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The teaching involved ex cathedra lectures using powerpoint presentations  and blackboard drawings, illustrating the different systems with pictures of histological sections and with diagrams.
In 2020-2021: the interactive lecture will be given in co-modality: part of students in presential and part students at distance, with alternating groups. In addition in each chapter, some sections are studied by the students through self-learning. A continuous formative evaluation will be implemented, thanks to Test / Quiz accessible on Moodle at the end of each chapter.

During practicals , histological sections of the different organs studied in the main lectures are available to students for analysis on light microscope, to observe the key features of cells and tissues and their integration into organs.
  • Students prepare the practicals by watching an introductory podcast on Moodle (self-learning).
  • The practical work sessions begin with an assessment of the achievements of the previous session, assessment taken into account in the examination mark (continuous certification evaluation)
Each session of practical exercises begins with an evaluation of the concepts studied in the previous session, and this evaluation is included in the final note.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Theoretical concepts are evaluated during an oral examination by two opened questions concerning two different systems studied in the course. The evaluation of histological sections takes place the same day and is also an oral examination. Using a light microscope, the student will have to identify and characterize cells, tissues and organs on similar histological preparations as those observed during the practical exercises.

A continuous assessment is implemented during term
  • For the theoretical part, this evaluation is formative for the students, in order to consolidate their learning
  • For the practical part, it is a certificate evluation for the students, that contributes to the final grade of the exam
Other information
The presence in practical class is compulsory. Any unjustified absence will be sanctioned.

Atlas de référence :
- Atlas d'Histologie Fonctionnelle de Weather, Eds Young, Lowe, Stevens and Heath, De Boeck 2008 (traduction 5e edition anglaise)
Autres sources:
- Textbook of Veterinary Histology, Ed Samuleson, Saunders Elsevier 2007

- Histologie et Biologie Cellulaire, Ed Kierszenbaum, de Boeck 2006
- Histologie, Ed Lullman-Rauch, de Boeck 2008
- Histology: a text and atlas, Eds Ross and Pawlina, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2011
Teaching materials
  • syllabus et transparents sur moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine