BMS258 Histopathology 1 (6)

This subject will examine the theory of histological techniques, including surgical cut-up, fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining of tissues using routine and specialised techniques. Students will also develop an understanding of the normal histologic structure of cells and tissues within the human body.


Micro Session 2 (32)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS258. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences



Subject Relationships

BMS229 BMS258 is equivalent to BMS229 without the laboratory practicals.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe in detail the microscopic structure of the major organs, tissues and cells of the body;
  • be able to explain the theoretical background to surgical cut-up, tissue fixation, tissue processing, microtomy and staining using routine and specialised techniques;
  • be able to identify and explain the causes of technical defects in histological preparations, how to solve such defects and how they could influence the diagnostic process; and
  • be able to explain the importance of quality assurance and health and safety procedures pertinent to the histopathology laboratory.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1: Normal histology;
  • Topic 2: Workflow of a histopathology laboratory;
  • Topic 3: Application of light, electron and other specialised forms of microscopy;
  • Topic 4: Safety in a histopathology laboratory;
  • Topic 5: Principles of tissue preparation and fixation;
  • Topic 6: Principles of tissue processing; and
  • Topic 7: Principles of microtomy, haematoxylin and eosin staining, special stains for carbohydrates, connective tissue and other tissue elements and immunohistochemistry.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.