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Histology G (8615.4)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Diagnostic Pathology


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2020 Semester 2 MS   Penny   WHIPPY (Ph: ) INTENSIVE

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Histology will cover the preparation and processing of tissues, microtomy, routine and specialized histochemical and immunohistochemical staining procedures and the opportunity to practise specialised tissue preparation procedures. The technical skills developed will be based on a strong theoretical background. In addition, by relating the techniques to tissue and cellular features, the student will explore the identification of normal and anomalous human tissue. Method development, histology as a research tool and quality control issues will also be examined. Occupational health and safety issues pertinent to histopathology will be emphasised throughout the unit.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of routine tissue processing, tissue preparation, microtomy, and staining;

2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of frozen section techniques;

3. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of''special' histochemical staining techniques and the chemistry of the reactions;

4. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of immunohistochemical staining techniques, PCR/ISH fluorescent and chromogenic techniques and the chemistry of the reactions;

5. Microscopically identify the cell and tissue types found in normal routine stained tissue sections;

6. Microscopically recognize anomalous cells and tissue in stained tissue sections; and

7. Safely perform microtomy, fresh and fixed tissue handling, histochemical handling.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Five hours per week.




Must be enrolled in 315JA Master of Diagnostic Pathology OR 167JA Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic Pathology OR 168JA Graduate Diploma in Diagnostic Pathology

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