BMS337 Histopathology 2 (8)

This subject will examine the general pathological processes and the application of these processes in a number of major body systems. Students will examine the role the cytology and 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 both theory and practical sessions.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS337. 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



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and identify the processes of cell injury, death and adaptations;
  • be able to describe and identify 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 substantiate the role of histopathology and cytopathology in the diagnosis of diseases; and
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in the preparation of formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded tissue sections using a range of special stains to enable a pathological analysis of the tissues.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • General Pathology:
  • _ Cell injury, Cell death and Adaptations
  • _ Inflammation and Repair
  • _ Neoplasia
  • Systemic Pathology: pathology of the following body systems will be examined:
  • _ Female and male genital system
  • _ Lung
  • _ Gastrointestinal tract
  • _ Skin
  • Practical and theory of microtomy and special staining of histopathology slides

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS337 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Mid-session examination
Practical report
Case studies
End-of-session examination

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

These exercises will build onto the techniques from BMS229. Students will learn practical skills in histological techniques and analysis of pathological slides. During the residential school, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in practical histological processing techniques through the preparation, observation and submission of a practical report and examination of pre-selected and prepared stained sections.

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.