Català Castellano
Academic year 2022-23

Subject's general information
Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics1COMMON/COREAttendance-based
Course number of credits (ECTS)9
Type of activity, credits, and groups
Number of credits1.625.4
Number of groups321
Teaching load distribution between lectures and independent student workH. lectures, seminars, practices 90
H. Independent student work 135

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Distribution of credits45 Anatomy + 45 Histology
Lectures: 29 Anatomy + 25 Histology (COVID-19: 50% attended, 50% virtual)
Practices: 4 Anatomy + 12 Histology (face-to face)
Seminars: 12 Anatomy + 8 Histology (COVID-19: virtual)

As a result of the pandemic, 50% of lectures will be virtual, and it will be tried to make the other 50% and the practices face-to-face. Seminars will also be held virtually.

Activity: 45 Anatomy + 45 Histology
Lecture: 29 Anatomy + 25 Histology
Practice: 4 Anatomy + 12 Histology
Seminar; 12 Anatomy + 8 Histology
Teaching staffE-mail addressesCredits taught by teacherOffice and hour of attention
GARCERA TERUEL, ANAana.garcera@udl.cat1,8
HERNANDEZ ESTAÑOL, SARAsara.hernandez@udl.cat6,5
SOLER TATCHE, ROSA MARIArosa.soler@udl.cat2
TARABAL MOSTAZO, OLGAolga.tarabal@udl.cat3,66
Subject's extra information

The subject is a compulsory basic education that is taught in the first semester of the first year of the degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
The aim of the course is that students know and to acknowledge the anatomical and histological structure of different systems and devices normal human body at different stages of life (from the embryonic stage to old age) giving particularly relevant systems related to food processes, such as the digestive and endocrine system.
It also aims to integrate what students know and apply the knowledge to understand and interpret human physiology and pathology, especially those related to food processes.
Various resources will be used to facilitate the achievement of the theoretical and practical objectives of this subject, giving special relevance to histological and anatomical images. In addition, work will be done on the acquisition of transversal skills such as teamwork, transmission of knowledge and the development of skills related to new technologies.


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Learning objectives

1) At the level of knowledge:
1.1. Know and understand the concepts of tissue, apparatus and body system.
1.2. Know and differentiate the basic histological structure of the different tissues of the human body.
1.3. Knowing the histological bases appliances and body systems, and in more detail the digestive and endocrine system.
1.4. Know and differentiate the basic anatomical structure of the different systems of the human body, especially the digestive and endocrine system.
1.5. Knowing the basics of the development of the human body, from the embryonic stage to adulthood, as well as their evolution into old age.
1.6. Know the terminology and basic scientific language related to Histology and Anatomy.

2) A level of capabilities and application:
2.1. Know and distinguish the different tissues of the human body in microscopic images.
2.2. Know and distinguish the different systems of the human body in macroscopic preparations and anatomical models, as well as images obtained with different techniques medical examination and radiography, tomography and resonance.
2.3. Know how to integrate and apply the acquired concepts about the normal structure of the body to understand and interpret human physiology and pathology.
2.4. Learning to use texts and atlases of Histology and Anatomy to selectively seek the necessary information.
2.5. Understand, interpret and critically discuss scientific articles based on histological and anatomical works.
2.6. Learning to perform work together to solve problems.
2.7. Knowing how to use the computer training necessary for technological environment; mainly the Virtual Campus, finding information online and manage user-level computer packages.
2.8. Find and select the information obtained using computer tools to analyze and process, while acquiring habits of self-education.

3) At the level of values ??and attitudes:
Understanding the need for basic morphological formation of the human body for professional future in the field of health sciences.



CE2 To know the structre and fuction of the human body from the molecular level to the complete organism, in the different stages of life.


CG3 To recognize one's own limitations and the need to maintain and update professional competence, giving special importance to autonomous and continuous learning of new knowledge.

CG4 To communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people, health or industry professionals and the media, knowing how to use information and communication technologies, especially those related to nutrition and lifestyle.

CG5 To know, critically assess and know how to use and apply information sources related to food and nutrition.

CB3 That students had the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (normally within their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature.

CB4 That students could transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences.

CT1 To have correct oral and written expression.

CT2 To master a foreign language.

CT5 To acquire essential notions of scientific thought.

To master ICT




Subject contents

Human Anatomy [1]

1. Basics structure of the human body. Anatomical bases. Definition of tissues, organs, systems, devices. Anatomical position. Plans, axis movements.

 2. Embryology general. General aspects of embryonic and fetal development.

3. Anatomy of the locomotor system. Skeletal and muscular systems. Basics of the axial skeleton (head and trunk) and members. Basics of the muscles of the trunk, head and members. Basics of vascularization and innervation.

 4. Nervous system (1). Introduction. Brain. Brain areas. The brain stem. Cerebellum. White matter and gray matter, cortex and nucleus. Cranial nerves. Rhinencephalon. Vegetative system, sympathetic and parasympathetic

 5. nervous system (2). Meninges, ventricular cavities. Cerebral spinal fluid. Vascularization. cord. Spinal nerves.

 6. Anatomy of the cardiovascular system. Heart and great vessels. Pericardium. Coronary vessels. Innervation and cardiac conduction system. Lymphatic system. Mediastinum.

7. Anatomy of the respiratory system. Nostrils. Larynx and phonation. Firecrackers. Bronchi and lungs. Pleura. Vascularization and innervation.

8. Digestive (1). Oral cavity. Temporomandibular joint and Ms. Chewing.
Teeth. Language. Salivary glands. Vascularization and innervation.

9. Digestive (2). Pharynx. Communications and relations with AD. Respiratory. Endocrine glands of the neck. Description and relationships. Esophagus, structure, and relations mediastinal route.

 10. Digestive (3). Compartimentització peritoneum and the abdominal cavity.
Supramesocòlic compartment. Setting limits and content. Stomach. Vascularization and innervation.
Pancreas-duodenum. Spleen. Morphology and relationships. Vascularization and innervation.

11. Digestive System (4). Liver. Morphology and relationships. Vascularization and innervation.
Biliary tract, intra- and extrahepatic. Relationships.

12. Digestive (5). Inframesocòlic compartment. Small intestine. Jejunum-ileum. Description, provision and relationships. Vascularization.
Large intestine. Blind, ascending colon, transverse and descending. Relationships, vascularity. Sigmoid colon. Straight. Morphology and relations with the pelvis. Vascularization.

13. Urinary System. Glands and kidneys. adrenals. Relations, location and vascularization.
Ureter, bladder and urethra. Relations and differences by sex. Vascularization.

14. Reproductor.Aparell male reproductive system. Testicle. Epididymis. Vas. Scrotum and spermatic cord. Penis and erectile bodies. Annexes glands and relationships. Vascularization.

 15. reproductive system. Female reproductive system. Ovaries and uterine tubes. Uterus. Vagina. Vulva. Annexes glands and relationships. Mammary glands. Vascularization.

Human histology

1. Introduction to the study of tissues, organs and body systems.
Concept of tissue. Constituent elements of tissue: cells, extracellular matrix, tissue fluid. Classification of tissues. The concept of device and system.

 2. The epithelial tissue and connective tissue. Concept, origin and distribution of the epithelial lining. General structure. Classification of epithelia. Epithelium and glandular epithelium lining. Concept and general organization of the connective tissue. Structure and composition of the extracellular matrix: fibers and connective tissue basic substance. Connective tissue cells. Variety of connective tissue. Histofiosiologia.

 3. Cartilage and bone tissue. Concept of cartilage. Chondrocytes and cartilage matrix. Nutrition cartilage. Types of cartilage. Involutius processes. Concept of bone tissue. The bones and their constituent elements. Macroscopic structure of the bones. Microscopic structure of the bones. Vascularization and innervation of the bone. Histophysiology.

 4. Muscle and nerve tissue. Concept and classification of muscle tissue. Histological Organization of skeletal muscle. Composition of the concept of sarcomeres and miofibretes. The cardiac muscle fiber and smooth muscle fiber. The nervous tissue: neuron, synapse and neuroglia. General morphology and structure of the neuron. Types of neurons. Concept of synapses. Classification of synapses. The endplate or neuromuscular synapse: structure and histophysiology. Neuroglía concept and classification. Definition of nerve fiber. Structure and classification of nerve fibers. The myelin sheath. Histophysiology.

 5. The integumentary system. General structure of the skin. The epidermis, the dermis and subcutaneous fat: structure and regional variations. The queratinòcit and the process of keratinization. Melanocytes, Langerhans cells and Merkel cells. The annexes of the skin hair, nails and glands of the skin. Vascularization and innervation of the skin.

6. Blood and hematopoiesis. Concept and composition of the blood. Blood cells: structure and function. The leukocyte formula in health. Platelets: structure and function. Concept of hematopoiesis. Organization histologic bone marrow. Formation of blood cells and platelets.

7. The circulatory system. Concept. Components tissue and basic organization of the vascular wall. Nutrition and innervation of the vascular wall. General structure and classification of capillaries, arteries and veins. General Organization of the heart. Vascularization and innervation of the heart. Histophysiology.

8. Respiratory. Concept respiratory system. The conductive portion and respiratory area. Nasopharynx, larynx, trachea and bronchi extrapulmonary. Lungs: internal structure. Histological structure of the airways intrapulmonars. The alveoli: structure of the alveolar wall and alveolar cells. The pleura. Vascularization and innervation of the lungs. Histophysiology of the respiratory system.

9. Digestive (I): oral cavity, tongue, teeth and salivary glands. Concept digestive system. General structure of the digestive tract. Oral cavity: histological organization. The palate. Language: mucosa and lingual papillae. Buttons taste. Overview and types of teeth. Histological structure of teeth dentine, enamel, cement, pulp, periodontal membrane. The alveolar bone. The gum. Irrigation and innervation of the teeth. The salivary glands: concept and overall structure.

 10. Digestive System (II): pharynx, esophagus and stomach. Pharynx and esophagus: histological structure. Oesophageal glands. The stomach: histological structure and organization of its wall. The gastric glands: classification and cytology. Cell renewal and repair of the gastric epithelium. Vascularization and innervation.

11. Digestive (III): intestinal glands and the digestive tract. The small intestine: histological organization of its wall; specializations superficial mucosa; Pap epithelium; Histological regional differences. The large intestine: histological structure; Pap epithelium of the large intestine. Cell renewal and regeneration of the intestinal epithelium. Microscopic architecture of the liver. Concept lobulació liver. The hepatocyte: cytology and function. Liver regeneration. Gallbladder and bile ducts. Concept and overall structure of the pancreas. Histological organization of the exocrine pancreas. Vascularization and innervation.

12. Endocrine system (I): The pituitary and thyroid and parathyroid glands. The concept of the endocrine system. General characteristics of the endocrine glands and diffuse neuroendocrine system. The pituitary: general structure; the adenohypophysis and neurohypophysis. Histological structure of the thyroid gland. Cells that make up the gland. Histological structure of the parathyroid. Cells that constitute the parathyroid glands. Vascularization and innervation. Histophysiology.

13. Endocrine system (II): adrenal gland, endocrine pancreas, pineal gland and diffuse neuroendocrine system (SND). Structure of the adrenal gland: the cortex and medulla. Cytology cortical and medullary cells. The endocrine pancreas: structure and cytology of the islets of Langerhans islet cells. The pineal gland: histological organization. Vascularization and innervation. Concept of SND. Distribution of the cells of SND. Structure of neuroendocrine cells. Histophysiology.

14. Urinary tract. Concept of urinary tract. The kidney histological structure general. The nephron. The tubes collectors. The renal interstitial. The juxtaglomerular apparatus. General histological structure of the urinary excretory: calyces, the renal pelvis and ureter. The urinary bladder. The male urethra. The female urethra. Vascularization and innervation. Histophysiology.

15. reproductive system. The concept of reproductive system. General provision of the male reproductive system. The testicle: general structure. The seminiferous tubules and interstitial tissue. The roads sperm. Accessory glands. General provision of the female reproductive system. Ovary: structure general. The ovarian follicles and interstitial tissue. Fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix and vagina. Vascularization and innervation. Histophysiology.




Classroom lectures aim to give an overview of the theoretical contents which are on the agenda. We give special importance to issues directly related to human nutrition.

A) Anatomy Seminars: To strengthen the anatomical knowledge of the human body, particularly those related to the digestive system, there will be seminars on clinical problems will arise. It will show pupils the normal anatomy and pathological alteration.
B) Histology Seminars: To improve understanding of the matter, there will be different types of seminars in groups of 20 students:
Seminars in computer classroom: interactive programs used histology.
Deepening Seminars: will be activities to delve into topics more complex matter.
Seminars interpretation of micro-histological preparations.

Attendance at practices is mandatory. They will practice with groups of 20 students.
A) Practical Anatomy: To strengthen the anatomical knowledge of the human body, there will be practices in Osteoteca with anatomical models. Also in the dissection room of human organs from corpses
B) Practical Histology: They will be carried out in the computer room using virtual microscopy programs for the observation of histological preparations of the body's tissues and organs. Assigments will be carried out individually or collectively (teamwork), and will mainly be aimed at deepening the observation and interpretation of anatomical and histological images. Virtual self-assessment activities will be proposed to facilitate the monitoring of students' progress in acquiring the knowledge of the subject, through the TEST tool of the virtual campus.




The theoretical and practical knowledge of this subject, including the contents of the seminars and skills, will be assessed by different tests throughout the semester. In the final grade of the course, the 45% represents Anatomy and Histology 45%. All exams will be face-to-face.

The grade is distributed as follows:


40% (of the final grade) Exam (theory + seminars)

10% (of the final grade) Exam (Practices+ Seminars,8) + Assignments, Activities, Practices and seminars attendance (2%)

Total: 50% (of the final grade)


35% (of the final grade) Exam (theory + seminars)

15% (of the final grade) Exam (Practices+ Seminars, 13%) + Assignments, Activities, Practices and seminars attendance (2%)

To pass the course, you should have two blocks (Anatomy and Histology) with a minimum of four, and the final (weighted average of Anatomy and Histology) with more than five.

If the weighted average of the two blocks (Anatomy and Histology) is less than 5, it will be necessary to present to the recovery exam.

Note, If some of the blocks is equal to or greater than 4, this grade is saved for recovery.

If the grade for one of the blocks is equal to or greater than 4, that grade is saved for exam recovery. In these case, the student will be able to choose  in the recovery exam only a block, or the two blocks.




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