BMS260 Histopathology 2 (6)

This subject will be taught through the general pathological processes and the application of these processes in a number of major body systems. Students will examine the role that histopathology laboratories play in diagnosing human diseases and will learn to identify the macroscopic and microscopic changes associated with human disease processes. In addition, specialised histological techniques and the science behind these techniques will be covered in theory to facilitate a better comprehension of the practical sessions. Students will analyse historical challenges of diagnostic histopathology and the transformation into current technological practices.


Micro Session 5 (72)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS260. 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

BMS337 Subject is equivalent to BMS260, without the laboratory practicals.
BMS259 Provides the laboratory practicals.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define and describe the processes of cell injury, death and adaptations;
  • be able to explain and interpret the processes associated with inflammation, tissue repair, and neoplasia;
  • be able to apply and analyse the knowledge of pathological principles to body systems and describe aetiology, pathogenesis and morphologic features of human diseases;
  • be able to explain the role of histopathology and cytopathology in the diagnosis of disease; and
  • be able to evaluate the historical aspects and challenges with the existing technological application in diagnostic histopathology.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Cell injury, cell death and adaptations;
  • Tissue repair - regeneration, healing and fibrosis;
  • Inflammation and repair;
  • Neoplasia - nomenclature, epidemiology, carcinogenesis, aetiology of cancer, clinical aspects of neoplasia and cancer treatment;
  • Laboratory diagnosis of cancer;
  • Female and male genital system - cervix, breast and ovary;
  • Lung - collection of respiratory specimens, classification and morphological features of lung tumors, etiology and pathogenesis;
  • Gastrointestinal tract - inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancers;
  • Skin - pathogenesis of premalignant lesions and morphological features of skin cancers; and
  • Trends of emerging technologies in histopathology.

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.