Courses & Units

Histology CXA225



This unit aims to introduce you to the fundamental theoretical and practical concepts and principles of histology. The knowledge and skills gained in this unit are the foundation on which to build knowledge and skills gained in the second year unit Histopathology (CXA222). The unit provides an in-depth study of histological methodologies including fixation, decalcification, processing and section cutting of normal tissues. Discussion and demonstration of techniques to stain specific structures, teach the normal structure of biological tissues and organs at the microscopic level. The practical component further develops microscopy skills and techniques learned in first year) to allow critical analysis of prepared sections and thus define normal structure of tissues and organs. The unit also gives you the opportunity to develop and practice your communication skills in written, diagrammatic and oral contexts, face to face and on-line. There will be a workshop on cultural awareness, a faculty-wide initiative aimed at enhancing your cross-cultural communication skills. Face-to-face delivery of lecturers for the full semester (13 weeks) of histology, tutorials and practical sessions. This will also involve a field trip to Launceston General Hospital. Assessment items include an essay, mid semester test, practical report and practical booklet, practical exam and end of semester exam. The unit involves a significant amount of self-directed study. You are expected to be responsible for your learning by organising enough time to undertake extensive personal reading, study and revision. Furthermore, you are responsible for ensuring your practical activities and assignments are completed and submitted by the due dates. This unit is web dependent. The MyLO site provides download access to lecture notes, unit outline, and other information. It is a resource for links to various additional materials that may complement your understanding of the lecture and practical material. It also provides discussion boards for interactive dialogue on subject matter covered during the unit. ‘Turnitin’ software on MyLO evaluates electronic copies of specific written assignments.


Unit name Histology
Unit code CXA225
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences

Sam Brake

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 019909

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CZZ101 AND CZZ102 OR an approved prior relevant degree for students in M7U and M6G.


Teaching Pattern

Weeks 1-13 - 2hr lecture per week,

2 hr tour of the Launceston General Hospital.

3 hrs of practicals weekly

Self directed web assisted learning with on-going practical support, plus 8 hrs of tutorials.


Assignment (25%), Final practical exam (40%) and Final 3-hr theory examination (35%).

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