Course Title: Histology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Histology

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Dodie Pouniotis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6680

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.010

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, urinary, and reproductive systems.

You will learn the theory of techniques (including non-surgical cutup, fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining of tissues) and relate relevant techniques to the slides used in the Histology component of the course. Histological examination will be carried out using virtual microscopes where you will have the ability to examine histological tissues in detail, from your computer screen.

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: 

BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) 

  • PLO 1. Knowledge capability: Understand appropriate and relevant, theoretical concepts of scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply the knowledge in a wide range of problem solving, challenging and interpretative situations within the professional laboratory medicine discipline.
  • PLO 2. Technical capability: Ability to apply a range of diagnostic technologies and methodologies relevant to the fields of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Histopathology, Cytopathology or Microbiology. These methodologies will identify pathological changes which deviate from the normal physiological range. Students will use logical and systematic thinking to solve problems with diagnostic techniques and procedures, and apply high level analytical skills to the chosen area of clinical laboratory specialisation.
  • PLO 3. Professional work practices: Contribute to academic and professional work settings through responsible, self- managed, independent work, interpersonal skills which support constructive interactions with individuals and teams, and understand the ethical and legal framework that underpins the field of diagnostic pathology.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for: 

BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 

  • PLO 2. Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by:
  • 2.1 Demonstrating knowledge across disciplines contributing to biotechnology and biomedical science.
  • PLO 3. Critically analyse and solve scientific problems by:
  • 3.3 Selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

  1. Identify organs, tissues and cells of the human body by digital microscopy.
  2. Correlate the microscopic structure of the major organs, tissues and cells of the body with their function.
  3. Be introduced to the theoretical concepts of some histology and cytology techniques and explain at an introductory level their uses in a professional laboratory.
  4. Evaluate, at an introductory level, the relevance of various histology and cytology staining techniques in specific diseases and the requirement for quality assurance within a global context

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include a range of blended learning techniques designed to engage and stimulate long-life learning in the topics covered. The theoretical and practical components of this course are highly integrated. The course will be delivered online and will include lectures, practical workshops, self- directed online learning activities, class discussions and feedback from learning activities will facilitate both group and independent learning.

Revision of microscopic slides is also offered to students in the form of online screencasts that can be freely downloaded and viewed off-campus. Access to scanned microscopic slides can be accessed both on and off-campus for your revision.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, practical manual/study guide and other online learning material. All resources are made available through the RMIT Online Learning Management System (LMS). Prescribed textbooks and recommended references are available via the library. Scanned histology images are available via RMIT online resources for further assistance 24/7.

Other resources

Please refer to the Resources Folder in the course online learning management system (LMS).

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid-Semester Test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Practical Assessment

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Histology Techniques Test

Weighting 15% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 4: Final Problem-Based Timed Theory Test 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4