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ML5309 - Advanced Histology and Cytology Techniques

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

Available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, Biomedical Science and Science.

The teaching focus is on the techniques required in the sample preparation for histology and cytological examination. Laboratory safety, as it pertains to the histology laboratory will also be covered. Microtome use and care, staining procedures and quality assurance, tissue imbedding and processing. Special techniques such as immunohistochemistry and in vitro hybridisation will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe and apply knowledge in stain and section quality assurance;
  • display a high level working knowledge of tissue processing techniques;
  • exercise judgment to interpret and comment on data collected during practical/clinical sessions and the interpretation of clinical case studies;
  • display high level proficiency in cytology sample preparation and staining;
  • display high level proficiency in immunological and molecular applications of tissue and cell examination;
  • display high level proficiency in safe and effective microtome/cryotome use with quality section preparation.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (20%) - Individual
  • Written assignment and oral presentation - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more in each of the two pieces of assessment (theory and practical exam)

Prerequisites: BM1002 AND BM1004


Townsville, Study Period 9, Intensive
Census Date 05-Oct-2023
Non-standard start/end 11-Sep-2023 to 17-Nov-2023
Face to face teaching 11-Sep-2023 to 06-Oct-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor John Cavalieri.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.