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Histology (BMS321)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 58 places) (closed)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit further develops theoretical and practical understanding of histology, detailing how the four major tissue types organize and integrate to form the organs of the major body systems. This is underpinned by an overview of embryology.. The unit develops understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of histotechnology workflow and safety, principles of microscopy, sample collection and processing, section production, and histochemical staining. Practical sessions will develop skills in tissue accession, sectioning, staining and histological interpretation by microscopy.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes and skills:
1. Knowledge: Describe tissue and organ microscopic structure. Outline the principles of various types of microscopy, the workflow from tissue to histological section, and the principles of histochemical staining. Outline risk and safety in the workflow. Outline embryonic and fetal development.
2. Skills: Label histological images. Make a labelled sketch of a histological specimen. Identify tissues by microscopy. Label microscope components. Identify key cell features from electronmicrographs. Identify key fixed animal tissues by gross inspection. Recognise histochemical stains.
3. Application: Demonstrate the setting up and checking of a microscope for Köhler illumination. Follow a written protocol for a histological staining technique (including safe working practices).
Complete an objective description of fixed animal tissues suitable for inclusion on a histology submission form. Trim in fixed animal tissues ready for processing, including completion of relevant parts of a submission form. Make a 'touch-preparation' onto a histology slide, using fresh tissue.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory sessions: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will cover topics using an integrated series of lectures and practicals. The lectures are aligned with practical laboratory sessions. Activities in practical laboratory sessions include practice of microscopy, tissue acquisition, identification and trimming in, histochemical staining, and examination of histological slides by light microscopy.
Assessment 1) Laboratory practical portfolio. 20% Individual. Students will submit a portfolio including histological slides and a touch preparation stained in the laboratory sessions, a completed histology submission form and trimmed-in tissue, and a labelled sketch of one of their own stained sections. Whole teaching period.
2) Mid-semester theory examination. 20%.
3) Practical exam. 20% allows students to demonstrate practical competency of microscopy and histological interpretation, tissue acquisition, stain recognition. Examination period.
4) Theory exam. 40% allows students to demonstrate and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge of histology and embryology. Examination Period.
Prerequisites BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body, BMS107 Vertebrate Form and Function, BIO152 Cell Biology.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Due to limited laboratory space and equipment. Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) or Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc), unless otherwise approved by the Unit Coordinator.
Previously 2016: 'Pathophysiology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BLabMed) [New in 2020]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2020]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Philip Nicholls
Associate Professor - Pathology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2599
e: P.Nicholls@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.021 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Philip Nicholls
Associate Professor - Pathology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2599
e: P.Nicholls@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.021 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
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