BMS259 Practical Histopathology (4)

Students will learn practical skills in histological techniques. This subject will examine the practice of basic routine histological techniques, including surgical cut-up, fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining of tissues using routine and specialised techniques. In addition, specialised histological techniques and the science behind these techniques will be covered. This practical subject will be run in a residential school format with both internal and distance cohorts attending the practical sessions.


Micro Session 3 (42)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS259. 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

BMS258 Provides lab practicals for BMS258
BMS260 Provides lab practicals for BMS260

Incompatible Subjects

BMS229, BMS337

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in the preparation of routine formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in haematoxylin and eosin staining, selected special stains and immunohistochemical methods;
  • be able to identify the causes of technical defects in histological preparations, how to solve such defects and how they could influence the diagnostic process;
  • be able to explain the importance of quality assurance and health and safety procedures pertinent to the histopathology laboratory; and
  • be able to analyse sections that have undergone special stains to enable a pathological analysis of the tissues.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1: Workflow in the histopathology laboratory;
  • Topic 2: Safety in the histopathology laboratory;
  • Topic 3: Principles of tissue preparation and fixation;
  • Topic 4: Microtomy;
  • Topic 5: Haematoxylin and eosin staining;
  • Topic 6: Special stains for carbohydrates, connective tissue and other tissue elements;
  • Topic 7: Immunohistochemistry; and
  • Topic 8: Special stains of histopathological tissues.

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

Students will learn practical skills in histological techniques. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in practical histological processing techniques, through the preparation and submission of a portfolio of tissue sections that have been cut and stained using routine and specialised methods.

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.