2023-2024 / BIOL0215-1

Cell physiology and animals histology


30h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biology4 crédits 


Jean-Christophe Plumier, Marc Thiry


Marc Thiry

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Part A: Histology
1. The epithelial tissues 2. Glandular epithelia 3. The connective tissues and the cartilage 4. Bone tissue 5. Muscles 6. Nervous tissue and blood
Part B: Cell Physiology
1. Ionic exchanges
2. Cell communications
3. Muscle contraction

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The main aim are :

  • To study the relationships between the structure and the functions of cells
  • To give a general view of the structure of animal tissues
  • To emphasize how the organisation of the tissues confirm their functions
  • To explain mechanisms involved in perception and emission of messages between cells
  • To study molecular mechanisms of muscle contraction

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic notions in cell biology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Pratical work in cell physiology (ion transports, muscle contraction) is offered.  Instructions to download three softwares are posted on ecampus.
A series of questions is offered on ecampus in order to revise for the practicals; Successful responses to these questions will be taken into account for the final evaluation

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The theorical courses in histology are given in the first quadrimester, on Monday from 9 am to 11 am, in the Great Hall of practical work (1st floor) of the Institute of Zoology (Bldg. I1, quai Van Beneden 22 in Liege). Each theorical course is followed in the same room with a sesion of practical work where students examine different histological preparations illustrating the course.
The Hands-on portion of the course takes place during the last weeks of the first quadrimester at the institute of Botany (B22) or on-line.

Recommended or required readings

Reference book :
Histologie générale: exercices et méthodes (éditeur: DUNOD) Thiry et al. 2019
Notes for Cell Physiology are posted on Myulg. 
The course follows selected chapters of the following textbook:
Physiologie animale- Sherwood, Klandorf, Yancey. Ed. Deboeck.
Access through Uliège Library  https://explore.lib.uliege.be/permalink/32ULG_INST/oao96e/alma9920433981702321  ]

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire ) AND oral exam

Additional information:

The examination will be split into two parts:

- A presential written exam. It will consist of 50 questions on the eCampus platform (25 questions for the physiology part and 25 questions for the histology part) under different questions (histologic section to interprete, QCM...).

The student will have a limited time to answer different questions. 

Only students with at least 8/20 will be allowed to take the second test.

- An oral examination in presential. It will include a physiology question and a histological section to be diagnosed. 

For students taking the oral examination, the final mark will be calculated according to the formula: 20% mark obtained in the written examination + 40% mark obtained for the physiology question + 40% mark obtained for the diagnosis of the histological section. For other students, the final grade will be the score obtained in the written examination.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Thiry Marc
Laboratory of cell and tissue biology
Institut A. Swaen (Building L3) 20, rue de pitteurs, 4020 Liège or Center of Cell and molecular Neurobiology, CHU (Building B36), firth floor of pharmacy tower, Sart Tilman, 4000 Liège
Phone number : 32 4 3665166
E-mail : mthiry@uliege.be

Plumier Jean-Christophe
Animal Physiology
InBioS - PHYTOsystems
Institut de Botanique (B22)
Chemin de la Vallée 4 (Sart Tilman)
4000 Liège
Phone number : 04 3663843
E-mail : JC.Plumier@uliege.be

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