Course Title: Histology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Histology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Janine Danks

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7332

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.005

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description


Histology is the study of tissues and their structures.

This course will provide you with the capacity to identify the microscopic appearance of normal structures in the human body and relate structure to function. 

The histology component covers the structure and function of cells at the microscopic level as well as tissues and organs of significance in the laboratory diagnosis of diseases. Major topic areas include basic tissue types as well as more specific systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, immune, urinary, endocrine and reproductive.

Histological examination is also addressed as an introduction to Histology techniques. You will learn the theory of techniques (including non-surgical cutup, fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining of tissues) and correlate theory with practice (demonstrating correct handling and disposal of biological materials and maintaining a high standard of ethics, informed consent and consultation). You will also relate relevant techniques to the slides used in the Histology component of the course.

The course requires you to integrate your knowledge of Histology with other study areas including Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry. It also provides a sound foundation for further study in Pathology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for:


MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine 

PLO1. Have a comprehensive understanding of key scientific principles underpinning laboratory medicine and have developed a systemic knowledge of core cellular and molecular processes underlying health and disease. Have advanced knowledge of two core clinical speciality disciplines of laboratory medicine and advanced management skills.

PLO2. Technical capability: Ability to develop and perform a range of diagnostic techniques relevant to the field of laboratory medicine. To use logical and systemic thinking and high level critical analysis skills to solve problems by utilising diagnostic techniques and methodologies in the chosen areas of clinical laboratory specialisation.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

CL01. Identify organs, tissues and cells of the human body by light microscopy.

CL02. Analyse and reflect on how the microscopic structure of the major organs, tissues and cells correlates with their function at a greater depth.

CL03. Integrate the knowledge gained as a foundation for the subsequent study of pathology and aspects of other diagnostic laboratory disciplines.

CL04. Demonstrate basic skills relevant to histology techniques used in diagnostic pathology laboratories.

CL05. Evaluate the relevance of various histology and cytology staining techniques and the requirement for quality assurance in diagnosis and patient care. 
CL06. Describe and demonstrate the use of laboratory instruments used in Histology and Cytology and explain their functions and the techniques for which they are used.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of blended learning techniques will engage you and stimulate further investigation of histology topics. Theoretical and practical components are highly integrated. Lectures are linked to practical microscopy sessions to facilitate both group and independent learning. Both practical skills tests and on-line tests during the semester will give you feedback on the progress of your learning. Revision of microscopic slides is provided in the form of online podcasts that can be freely downloaded and viewed off-campus.

You will undertake 5 hours per week in Lecture integrated practicals and histology techniques practical sessions. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study, including online work.

Overview of Learning Resources

Laboratory, lecture and other course material will be available electronically.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Spot tests

Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO1, 2 and 3.


Assessment Task 2: Histology Online Quizzes

Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO1, 2 and 3. 

Assessment Task 3: Histology Practical Exam

Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO1, 2 and 3. 

Assessment Task 4: Final Theory Exam
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLO1, 2 and 3.

Assessment Task 5: Histology Techniques Online Theory Test
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLO4, 5, and 6.

Assessment Task 6: Histology Slide Quality Assessment
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLO4, 5, and 6.