FALL, 1997


Sample Exam Questions




General Goals


  • 1. Present students with an understanding of the structure and function of the cell and extracellular matrix as basic building blocks of tissues and organs.

    2. Present students with an understanding of the structural specializations of cells and their interactions in forming the four basic tissues.

    3. Present students with an understanding of how cells and tissues are structurally and functionally linked in organs.


    Specific Objectives


    The course covers three basic areas: the cell, the four basic tissues, and the organ systems. The major objective of the lecture portion of the course is to relate cell, tissue, and organ structure to their specific functions. The major objectives of the laboratory portion are to develop diagnostic criteria for recognizing cells, tissues, and organs, and to relate their morphological characteristics to the three dimensional structure.


    Course Outcomes


    1. Students will be able to describe general ultrastructural features and functions of cells and the extracellular matrix.
    2. Students will be able to describe the characteristic structural features and function of each of the basic tissues.
    3. Students will be able to describe the characteristic structural features and function of the most important organs.
    4. Students will be able to identify the basic tissues, the most important organs, and the cells that compose them, when shown glass slides and photomicrographs.
    5. Students will be able to apply the information described above to successfully complete the biomedical science courses that follow.





    1. Course meeting times:

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 - 12:00



    2. Lectures: Lecture auditorium, basement of Medical Education Building

    The lecture sessions are designed to fulfill these purposes: 1) to present structure-function relationships, and 2) to prepare students for the assigned laboratory work, 3) to present clinical correlations involving the tissues and organs studied. Each lecture will introduce concepts and information useful to the pertinent laboratory topic. It is essential that the relevant textbook readings be completed prior to attending lecture. Familiarity with the objectives of the laboratory assignments is also required at the time of lectures.

    3. Laboratory: following the lecture, room 230B Medical Education Building

    The laboratory sessions consist primarily of microscopic examination of slides and discussions with laboratory instructors. The laboratory manual indicates which slides are to be studied in each unit. The student will examine the slides with the assistance of the atlas and textbook.

    Since laboratory examination questions are based on microscopic study, you should study all assigned slides carefully. Be able to identify all components listed in the laboratory objectives handout. In studying a tissue or organ, try to determine its key characteristics, cell types and organization. If such characteristics are not clear, refer to the atlas or text. If there are still questions, ask for help. Learn to recognize and interpret characteristic diagnostic criteria of a tissue or organ. Do not memorize the specimen!

    You will be assigned a microscope and two boxes of microscopic slides. Since these are used for many years, great care must be exercised in maintaining them in good condition. You will be charged for slides broken during the course.

    Do not remove the microscopes from the laboratory. We also request that you do not remove the slides from the lab, as they may be lost more easily.

    Please turn in laboratory keys on the day of the final exam.





    Dr. Mike Finkelstein, course director

    357 Dental Science Building South

    Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine

    phone: 335-9656, email:

    Anatomy main office phone: 335-7753

    Dr. Harry Tung

    Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology

    505 Bowen Science Building

    phone: 335-7712,


    Teaching Assistants



    Administrative Staff



    Course Materials


    General Histology Lecture Outlines and Laboratory Manual, 1997-98


    Prepared by the faculty, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Iowa College of Medicine


    Histology, 8th ed, by Junqueira and Carneiro, Lange Medical Publications, 1995

    An atlas of histology is recommended. You may use any atlas you wish. Two of the most popular atlases are:


    Color Atlas of Basic Histology, by Berman


    Color Atlas of Histology, by Gartner and Hiatt

    Also, on the World Wide Web we have an atlas at the following url:

    The login is medical and the password is bsb

    You may access this website from the Information Commons at the Hardin Library or the ITC at the College of Dentistry.








    There are three examinations in the course. Each examination consists of a laboratory (practical) examination and a lecture examination. Each portion is of equal weight.


    EXAM Points


    Lab exam 1 100

    Lecture exam 1 100

    Lab exam 2 100

    Lecture exam 2 100

    Lab exam 3 100

    Lecture exam 3 100


    Total 600

    Examinations 2 and 3 will contain some review questions on basic tissues and organs.





    The following scale will be used in assigning grades:


    Total Points Grade


    540-600 (90-100%) A

    480-539 (80-89.9%) B

    420-479 (70-79.9%) C

    408-419 (68-69.9%) D

    Below 408 (<68%) Fail


  • Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled times. If it is necessary to miss an examination due to acute illness or death in the immediate family, the student must notify the office of the Dean for Academic Affairs (room N311). A make-up examination may consist of an essay or oral examination.




    To pass the course, students must achieve at least a 68% average on the three examinations. For students who do not score 68%, the course director in consultation with the Dean for Student Affairs, will determine the method of remediation for each student individually. Remediation options include taking the course again or taking remediation exams. Students must achieve a 68% score on remediation exams. To prepare for these exams students are encouraged to review class notes and handouts.