Cell and Tissue Biology

Welcome to the Cell and Tissue Biology home page!

This course explores microanatomy and the many fascinating links between form and function at the microscopic level. To be successful in the M2 pathology course, you must be able to recognize and understand the function of normal cells and tissues. This is the main objective of this course.

The major components of this course are: 1) textbook reading assignments ("Histology, A Text and Atlas, 6th Edition", by Ross and Pawlina), 2) web-based laboratory excercises, 3) lab meetings during which you will use microscopes to look at tissue sections and work together in small groups on clinical cases, and 4) course lectures.

You are expected to have completed the reading assignments BEFORE coming to lecture. Lectures will amplify and extend some of the material covered in the reading assigments.

News:

Posted/Modified on Wednesday February 26th:
The clinical cases for lab 9 are now posted on the CTB course web site on the "Labs" page. Please scroll down to the "Lab 9" section for details and links to all documents. Answer the primary questions for all cases and the secondary question(s) for your assigned case. Be ready to present your assigned case to your classmates. Enter all of your answers before lab begins in the on-line exam called "Lab 9 Clinical Cases" which appears on the Exams page. The exam password is "password".

Posted/Modified on Monday January 6th:
I have been unable to post PowerPoint slides for my lectures, due to changes at the Vet School. However, the CTB website provides the same slides in PDF, rtf and html formats. If you need to contact me for followup questions, my email is: **** rexhess@illinois.edu **** Due to the winter weather, if you should miss lecture, please read the text, view the lecture slides and consider looking at the outside resources that were posted on slide 1. Some of the videos are excellent. Prof. Hess

Posted/Modified on Sunday January 5th:
The second semester of Cell and Tissue Biology will be organized similar to the first semester. Some lecture and lab materials will be made available online as they are completed. I will try to have the lecture powerpoint slides consistent with the HTML slides online. So far I have been unable to place the powerpoint slides on a server- maybe because I am Emeritus. However I will try to solve this, if we are not snowed in too long. ****Later, a study guide will list the structures to identify, define, to describe their locations and functions. A few example questions will also be included. A Progress exam will be held Jan 24 and will cover everything through the Gastrointestinal System. All questions will be single best answer. Questions may or may not have photomicrographs. Another Progress exam will be held Feb 14 and will cover through the Urinary System. The final exam will be comprehensive and comparative across all organs studied in the Spring semester. On the final exam, every question will be related to a photomicrograph of the tissues. ****A short practice exam will be arranged online prior to each exam. ****The textbook "Histology, A Text and Atlas, 6th Edition", by Ross and Pawlina will be used as a supplement, which can be very helpful in providing explanations and backfilling information from the lectures. Lectures will provide the basis for the exams but the textbook will be able to provide far greater detail. Lectures will be 50 minutes and therefore, it will be necessary at times to simply end before completing all slides. ****The virtual slides used in the laboratory atlas will be used for the exams, because they provide better contrast for tissue recognition. ****If there is enough interest, I could make time available for reviews either on Saturday or Sunday for 1-2 hours. If you have any questions, please email: rexhess@illinois.edu. My cell phone number will be provided in class or by email. I look forward to working with you this semester and wish you the best. Rex A. Hess, PhD; Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Comparative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Posted/Modified on Tuesday October 29th:
The quiz at the beginning of lab 5 will have the following breakdown by question:

1 case question from lab 4 cases
1 case question from lab 5 cases
2 questions from lab 5 (usually 1 question)
3 questions from lab 4 (usually 4 questions)

Posted/Modified on Tuesday October 29th:
All the materials for lab 5 are now posted on this web site. For links to these materials, go to the "Labs" page and scroll down to the section labeled "Lab 5".

Posted/Modified on Tuesday October 8th:
All the materials for lab 4 are now posted on this web site. For links to these materials, go to the "Labs" page and scroll down to the section labeled "Lab 4".

Posted/Modified on Tuesday September 24th:
All the materials for lab 3 are now posted on this web site. Go to the "Labs" page and scroll down to the section labeled "Lab 3".

Posted/Modified on Friday September 20th:
I just posted the lecture notes for next week's lectures on muscle.

Posted/Modified on Friday September 20th:
I just posted modified lecture notes from yesterday's "connective tissue II" lecture that has more details than just the slide titles. You may want to delete your browser's cache before downloading again. If you don't it is possible you will just see the older version cached on your machine....

Posted/Modified on Tuesday September 17th:
I just finished posting all of the materials for next week's CTB lab 2. On the "Labs" page of the CTB web site, in the "Lab 2" section, you should now find links to:

  1. the atlas-based web exercise called: "Connective Tissue & Epithelium".
  2. the "lab 2 clinical cases".
  3. the "lab 2 objectives grid".
  4. the rubric for clinical case presentations.
  5. a page with "lab clinical case, group and desk assignments" that shows your section and specific clinical case assignment, and can also be used for lab section swapping, if necessary.
  6. the exams page, where you can find the on-line exam called "Lab 2 Clinical Cases - 2013". The exam password is "password".
Carefully go through the "Connective Tissue & Epithelium" web excercise, filling out the "objectives grid". Answer the primary questions for all clinical cases and the secondary question(s) for your assigned case. Be ready to present your assigned case to your classmates. Enter all of your answers before lab begins in the on-line exam called "Lab 2 Clinical Cases" which appears on the Exams page. The exam password is "password".

After you finish entering all of your answers and have ended your exam session, you can print out your answers by going to the main UIUC-COM M1 web page > Exams > Exam Results and then clicking on the "CC Lab 2" link you will find there under CTB. It may be helpful to bring you printed responses to lab with you.

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