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MELS305 Elements of Histotechnology

An introduction to the theory and practice of histotechnology, cytology and diagnostic electron microscopy.

Histology is the microscopic study of normal tissue. Histopathology is the discipline concerned with producing accurate diagnostic information from patient tissue samples. Diseases such as infection, inflammation and cancer are recognised by typical microscopic changes in tissues. Histotechnique is the technical procedure used to preserve cells and tissue as close as possible to their living state so that they can be visualised under a microscope. The study of structure, function and chemistry of cells is known as Cytology. It is a branch of biology that deals directly with the structural and functional organisation of cells. Cytopathology studies the microscopic appearance of cells, especially for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies.

Paper title Elements of Histotechnology
Paper code MELS305
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $980.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,400.00

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Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
Passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Mrs Lisa Gallagher
Teaching Staff: Amanda Fisher
Paper Structure
Lectures and practicals address the following issues:
  • Fixation and preservation of tissue
  • Tissue processing and microtomy
  • H&E and special staining to identify specific tissue components
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Microscopy
  • In-situ hybridisation of tissue slides
  • Electron microscopy
  • Examination of gynaecological, urinary tract, respiratory tract and body cavity cell preparations
  • Liquid-based cytology
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and practical laboratories
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Reading material will be given with each module.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand processing of tissue
  • Understand and practise staining of tissue to achieve diagnosis
  • Understand molecular histological methods used on tissue

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 10-15, 17-21
Monday 09:00-10:50 9
Monday 10:00-10:50 10-15, 17-21
AND
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 11-13

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-16:50 9-15, 17-21
A2 Tuesday 13:00-16:50 9-15, 18-20
A3 Thursday 13:00-16:50 9-13, 15

An introduction to the theory and practice of histotechnology, cytology and diagnostic electron microscopy.

Histology is the microscopic study of normal tissue. Histopathology is the discipline concerned with producing accurate diagnostic information from patient tissue samples. Diseases such as infection, inflammation and cancer are recognised by typical microscopic changes in tissues. Histotechnique is the technical procedure used to preserve cells and tissue as close as possible to their living state so that they can be visualised under a microscope. The study of structure, function and chemistry of cells is known as Cytology. It is a branch of biology that deals directly with the structural and functional organisation of cells. Cytopathology studies the microscopic appearance of cells, especially for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies.

Paper title Elements of Histotechnology
Paper code MELS305
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,000.38
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,620.00

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Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
Passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers.
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Mrs Lisa Gallagher
Teaching Staff: Amanda Fisher
Paper Structure
Lectures and practicals address the following issues:
  • Fixation and preservation of tissue
  • Tissue processing and microtomy
  • H&E and special staining to identify specific tissue components
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Microscopy
  • In-situ hybridisation of tissue slides
  • Electron microscopy
  • Examination of gynaecological, urinary tract, respiratory tract and body cavity cell preparations
  • Liquid-based cytology
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and practical laboratories.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Reading material will be given with each module.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand processing of tissue
  • Understand and practise staining of tissue to achieve diagnosis
  • Understand molecular histological methods used on tissue

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 11-13

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-16:50 9-13, 15-21
A2 Tuesday 13:00-16:50 9-13, 15-20
A3 Thursday 13:00-16:50 9-13, 15-20