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Histology (9843.2)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Diagnostic Pathology


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  • Semester 2, 2020, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (196469) - View
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  • Semester 2, 2018, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (180282) - View
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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. This unit is co-taught with 8615 Histology G.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

2. Demonstrate a knowledge of frozen section techniques;

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

4. Demonstrate a 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

5 hours per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

8070 Intro to Medical Laboratory Science.

Equivalent Units

8070 Intro to Medical Laboratory Science.

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