Course Title: Histopathology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Histopathology 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MEDS1128

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

MEDS1129

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

MEDS1129

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Janine Danks

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7732

Course Coordinator Email: janine.danks@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.005

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced prerequisite (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

This course is intended to provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake a range of histopathological investigations. There are several exercises where you are expected to resolve a real-life clinical problem with histopathological techniques


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP147:

  • Knowledge Capability (PLO 1)
  • Technical Capability (PLO 2)
  • Professional Work Practices (PLO 3)
  • Communication Skills (PLO 4)
  • Research Capability (PLO 6)

 


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Carry out a range of histopathological techniques to make a differential diagnosis. Write a detailed histological description, case report and give a case presentation.
  2. Understand the principle of the cut up process, including specimen procedures.
  3. Recognize, describe and perform a range of special stains that are performed routinely in pathology laboratories.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of molecular pathology and its applications as well as a number of specialized techniques, including immunohistochemistry.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of Quality Assurance and its application to Histopathology laboratories.
  6. Critically analyze and discuss current literature in Histopathology.
  7. Communicate clearly, concisely and logically on any aspect of Histopathology.


Overview of Learning Activities

The syllabus is covered in a program of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises designed to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge essential to work in the discipline of Histopathology. Tuition is primarily based on problem solving exercises and independent learning activities. Throughout the course, you will be required to demonstrate a responsible and mature attitude to their work, especially as the consequences of ’sub-standard’ performance, if translated to the workplace, could have fatal consequences for a patient.

You will be required to research and present a presentation, which will be based on an individual case study and literature review. Specialist guest lecturers will provide exposure to modern instrumentation and techniques and allow discussion of management and ethical issues.

There will be expected to undertake two hours of lecture and five hours of practical classes each week. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours a week in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Laboratory manuals will be available via myRMIT. 

Learning resources for this course include the listed prescribed and reference texts and other material referred to in classes. Powerpoint presentations and Lectopia/Echo360 recordings of the lectures are made available to the students. The course site in myRMIT provides opportunities for students to independently access this material. Other material, including scientific journal articles, will be normally be available via Online @ RMIT (including linked websites), or in the library.

Prescribed references:
Bancroft JD, Gamble M. Theory and practice of histological techniques. London: Churchill Livingstone, 6th ed, 2008.

Journals
Journal of Histotechnology
American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Biotechnic and Histochemistry.


Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid semester test-Theory

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Case Patient Specimen cut-up

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Final Exam Theory

Weighting 20%

This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Mid Semester test - Practical

Weighting 10%

This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 5: Individual case study (report and presentation)

Weighting 20%

This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 6: Final exam - Practical

Weighting 20%

This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

HURDLE Requirement: You must pass both the theory and practical components of this course to achieve overall pass.