Cellular Pathology 1


The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of the analysis of cells and tissues in the investigation of alterations in disease in the diagnostic cell pathology laboratory. These investigations include tissue processing, histochemical staining, immunohistochemical and molecular analytical methods to demonstrate carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, minerals and pigments. The module includes discussion on safe laboratory practice, quality and ethical issues in cell and tissue analysis, storage and disposal. All laboratory practicals will be delivered with a focus on sustainability topics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the procedures of sample preparation and tissue processing in the routine histopathological laboratory to stained microscope slide.  

  2. Recognise and be able to appropriately apply commonly used histochemical and immunohistochemical stains.

  3. Microscopically recognise normal tissue structure and pathological changes

  4. Discuss the application and uses of molecular methods and specialised stains in diagnosis and disease staging

  5. Analyse, interpret and communicate patient results as appropriate for a clinical setting.

  6. Apply knowledge of quality control, safety, regulation and ethical issues to professional practice in the cell pathology laboratory.

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%