Courses & Units

Histology CXA225



This unit will introduce you to the fundamental theoretical and practical concepts and principles of histology.
The unit provides you with an in-depth study of histological methodologies including fixation, decalcification, processing and section cutting of normal tissues and techniques to stain specific structures. The normal structure of biological tissues and organs at the microscopic level is studied. You will develop microscopy skills in the practicals 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.


Unit name Histology
Unit code CXA225
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Sukhwinder Sohal
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge of histological techniques and principles.
  • Differentiate and describe the microscopic structures of various biological tissues and organs.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills by communicating scientific information effectively using a variety of writing conventions and formats including annotated diagrams.
  • Identify microscopic histological structures to determine tissue origin and basic function.
  • Apply knowledge and demonstrate use of safe laboratory techniques and practices.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019901 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Practical – 3 hours (weekly), Workshop – 1 hour (8 weeks)

AssessmentQuizzes (10%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (40%)|Practical Book (25%)|Theory of Staining Report (25%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Bancroft, JD & Gamble, M, Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques, Churchill Livingstone, London
Bancroft, JD & Stevens, A, Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques, Churchill Livingstone, London
Stevens, SA & Lowe, JS, Histology, Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia

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