Course Title: General Histology (DDS 6214)
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Minneapolis, MN

Course Purpose
The purpose of this course is for students to learn the structure and basic function of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. We will begin with a description and discussion of cells that comprise the four basic tissues tissues in the human body. We’ll also talk about early human embryologic development. Then, we’ll move on to specific organ systems, covering everything except the mouth and associated regions, which you will cover next year in oral histology.

The point of the course is to give you a clear mental image of the human body at the microscopic level. You’ll be able to describe and identify the microscopic features and functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. This is an important first building block for your future courses in dental school such as biochemistry, physiology, gross anatomy, oral histology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology and oral pathology.

The course also will prepare you well for boards. We’ll be using some boards-like questions throughout the course to give you an idea of what to expect on boards.

Official reasons aside, this material is just plain awesome and interesting. How is it, for example, that the 12-foot-long small intestine has a surface area equal to that of a tennis court? How do we develop from something that looks like a flattened egg McMuffin into an incredibly complex being in just a few months? I hope you’ll find the tiny things we look at as beautiful and incredibly perfect as I do.

The Course Director is Kristine Krafts, M.D. Please feel free to email me at kkrafts@umn.edu with any questions you have regarding the course.

The optional textbook used in this course is Atlas of Human Histology: A Guide to Microscopic Structure of Cells, Tissues and Organs by Robert L Sorenson. It’s available in the bookstore. There’s also a nice interactive website that goes along with the book. It’s basically a virtual microscope with a set of gorgeous slides and nice explanations of everything you’re looking at. You should use the textbook and website however they benefit you in order to supplement and reinforce the content you receive in lectures. Some students like to preview the material; others use it to look up stuff they didn’t understand in lecture – whatever helps you best learn the material is fine.

Here is our current syllabus, which expands on what is described on this page, and includes details about SOD course policies.

Our lecture schedule is on the lectures page. Next to each lecture title, you’ll find the slides for that lecture in both ppt and PDF formats. I also made video summaries of each lecture (short and ridiculously short versions, take your pick) in case you want a quick review of a particular lecture.

There are three exams in this course, as listed on our lectures page. We’ll have an in-class exam review before each exam. Each exam will have between 40 and 50 questions (one point per question), and exam scores will be posted on Canvas.

At the end of the course, your scores for all three exams will be added together to give you a single numerical score for the course, and your final grade will be determined as follows:

A = scores greater than or equal to 90%
B = scores between 80% and 90%
C = scores between 70% and 80%

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