Electron Microscopy and Imaging/Theory (EMHU3001)


The course is run conjointly by the Department of Anatomy and Histology and the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM). The course will focus on the theoretical aspects of transmission and scanning electron microscopy, the preparation of biological samples for electron microscopy, digital imaging, MicroCT and CryoEM. Students will receive theoretical training in laser scanning confocal microscopy including the use of fluorescent probes to visualize cellular organelles and cellular processes. Immunological and other techniques required in modern research and hospital electron microscope laboratories will also be covered. Students will undertake a theoretical research project of their choice which is of relevance to the course.

Further unit of study information


Four 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week


One 2hr exam (60%) and two in semester assessments (40%)


Bozzola, JJ, Russell LD. Electron Microscopy. 2nd edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 1999.
Reference book: Russ, John C. The Image Processing Handbook. 3rd edition. CRC Press. 1998.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

At least 12 cp of Intermediate Science units from any of the following: Anatomy & Histology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology or Statistics. For BMedSc: (BMED2401 and BMED2402 and BMED2405) OR (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2806 and BMED2804).

General concepts in Biology, and in Biochemistry or in Chemistry.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.