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A540141 Anatomy and Medical cell and developmental biology, 21 ECTS cr 
Code A540141  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Anatomy and Medical cell and developmental biology  Abbreviation Anatomy and Med 
Scope21 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline5401 Medicine 
TypeStudy module   
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Medicine 

Lehenkari, Petri Pauli 
Tuukkanen, Kaarlo Juha Kullervo 

Proficiency level 




Required proficiency level 


ECTS Credits 

21 ECTS credits / 567 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course unit is held in the autumn semester. The course is recommended to complete mainly at the first autumn semester of medical or dental studies.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • understand the structure, development and function of the human body in order to manage the rest of the preclinical and clinical studies
  • identify and describe the structures essential for all medical doctors in diagnostics and treatment, especially for first aid.
  • demonstrate common anatomical knowledge for understanding medical theory and research and for dealing with evidence based medicine.

Upon completion of the medical cell and developmental biology part of the course the student should be able to:

  • describe the structure of various cell types (especially mammalian cells) and the structure and function of cell organelles
  • describe cell growth and cell division
  • present the principles of the regulation of cell function and genetic regulation
  • list the common research techniques in cell biology
  • display an understanding of gametogenesis, fertilization, embryonal development (0-40days) and its regulation as well as the development of embryonal malformations.
  • display an understanding of human growth and development.
  • identify and describe the basic tissues of the human body and the microscopic structure of the tissues for understanding their normal and pathological function

Upon completion of the anatomy part of the course the student should be able to

  • describe the structure of the organs and their topography in the body as well as surface projections of the internal organs.
  • understand the main principles of the embryonal development.
  • recognize the main histological structures that are important for the function of the organs as well as structures which are important for pathological processes. 
  • demonstrate the organs in living body, in preparations of the cadavers, anatomical models, X-ray images, diagrammatic drawing and in manual examination.

-       043010P Anatomy: Medical cell and developmental biology 7 ECTS

-       043011P Anatomy: Musculoskeletal system 3 ECTS

-       043012P Anatomy: Organ systems 3 ECTS

-       043013P Anatomy: Neuroanatomy 3 ECTS

-       043014P Anatomy: Histology exercise 2 ECTS

-      043015P Anatomy: Macroscopic anatomy exercise 3 ECTS

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 140h / small group exercise 75h / Self-study 352 h (includes essay). Small group teaching will be provided in 2-4 h exercises. Each student will have 1-2 exercise sessions per week. Writing an essay in cell and developmental biology. In addition the dental students have at the 2nd term tooth development, histology and morphology given by the department of Dentistry. Anatomy study module includes an optional course of the anatomical dissection (2 ECTS credits)

Target group 

First year medical and dental students.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

The course must be completed during the preclinical stage of studies.

Recommended or required reading 



R.L. Drake, A.W. Vogl, A.W.M. Mitchell: Gray’s Anatomy for students. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone (latest edition) or K.L. Moore: Clinically oriented Anatomy, Williams & Wilkins co (latest edition)


R. Putz, R. Pabst: Sobotta, Atlas of human anatomy, Vols I-II. Elsevier Urban&Fischer, München (latest edition) or F.H. Netter: Atlas of human anatomy or Thieme Atlas of Anatomy, Latin Nomenclature.

Pocket atlas:

H. Feneis: "Pocket Atlas of Human Anatomy, G. Thieme Pub. Stuttgart, (latest edition) (Thieme Flexibook) or Dorland's/Gray's Pocket Atlas of Anatomy Richard L. Drake, A. Wayne Vogl,


W. Kahle, H. Leonhardt, W. Platzer: "Color Atlas and Textbook of Human Anatomy" Vol. 3: Central Nervous System and Sensory Organs (W. Kahle)

G. Thieme Pub. Stuttgart, (latest edition) (Thieme Flexibook)


T.W. Sadler: Langman's Medical Embryology. Williams&Wilkins co, Baltimore or

Cell Biology:

A.L. Kierszenbaum: Histology and Cell Biology: an introduction to pathology. Mosby, St Louis, (latest edition).

Additional material: H.Lodish, A.Berk, C.A.Kaiser, M.Krieger, M.P.Scott, A.Bretscher, H.Ploegh: Molecular Cell Biology. W.H.Freeman and Co, New York (latest edition).


A.L. Kierszenbaum: Histology and Cell Biology: an introduction to pathology. Mosby, St Louis, (latest edition) or B. Young, J.S. Lowe, A. Stevens, J.W. Heath: Wheater's Functional Histology, A Text and Colour Atlas. Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone

Histology atlas can be found also in Thiemen e-books. (Color Atlas of Cytology, Histology and Microscopic Anatomy, 4th edition). 

Web material: collection of essays written by students from previous courses of Medical cell and developmental biology.

Assessment methods and criteria 



The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail. The  final grading includes final examination and the assessment of the essay writing.


Person responsible 

Professor Juha Tuukkanen ja Petri Lehenkari

Other information 

Evaluation of the course as total is obligatory.


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