Course Title: Histopathology and Cytopathology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Histopathology and Cytopathology 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MEDS2106

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

MEDS2106

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

MEDS2111

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

MEDS2111

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Daniel Sze

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6524

Course Coordinator Email: daniel.sze@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.003


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites) 

 


Course Description

Histopathology and Cytopathology are key disciplines of Anatomical Pathology. This course provides a sound understanding of histopathology and cytopathology as medical science disciplines. The role of diagnostic laboratories in the diagnosis of various disease states and in patient care and management will be covered. This course facilitates students to develop understanding of the microscopic structure, organization and function of human cells and tissues in health and disease, and develop expertise in the techniques used for their microscopic study. It will also provide an introduction for the further systematic study of histopathology and cytopathology disciplines.

This course focuses on developing theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for histopathological techniques and cytological interpretation and diagnosis in a variety of specimens. 

The key topics covered in this course are:

Histopathology: The principles and aims of histological preparation including: technical faults, fixation of cells and tissues, processing of specimens, microtomy,  staining via various routine and specialised methods for light microscopy, and the rationale and application of immunohistochemical staining

Cytopathology: gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology covering the pathology and cytological diagnosis of normal, benign, premalignant and malignant conditions in cervical, respiratory and effusion specimens. The theory of fine needle aspiration cytology, cancillary testing and quality control in the cytopathology laboratory will also be covered.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine):

PLO 1. Analyse and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories relating to the practise of histopathology and cytopathology.  Be able to apply this knowledge to problem solving and interpretive situations of diagnostic work

PLO 2. Demonstrate technical capability with an acceptable level of competency and skill.

PLO 3. Contribute to academic and professional work settings through responsible, self-managed, independent work, interpersonal skills which support constructive interactions with individuals and teams, and understand the ethical and legal framework that underpins the field of diagnostic pathology.

PLO 4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in practical examinations and in the write up of practical reports.

PLO 5. Demonstrate the ability to reflect on experiences and identify technical and personal skill deficiencies which require further development.

 


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

  1. Recognize and describe the regulatory and safety procedures for specimen reception, identification and handling in anatomical pathology. This includes the understanding of quality assurance and quality control measures in Anatomical pathology laboratories.
  2. Discuss and explain the principles of and perform: fixation, microtomy and various staining techniques for histopathological specimens.  This includes the selection and application of immunohistochemical methods. 
  3. Relate the knowledge of the principles and procedures involved in the collection, processing, cytopreparation, screening, interpretation and reporting of common cytology specimens. This includes the use of ancillary testing, to different cytoathological diagnosis.
  4. Relate basic knowledge to the aetiology, pathogenesis, pathology, histology and cytology to Interpret and describe the morphological features found in cytology specimens.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The syllabus is covered in a program of lectures, tutorials, and practical exercises designed to facilitate the acquisition and understanding of knowledge, which extends to leading practice in the disciplines. The theory and practical components of the course are highly integrated throughout each phase of this subject. Most of the learning materials are accessible online via Blackboard which includes asynchronous discussion groups and student access to a range of online tools. This approach is used so that students achieve both a thorough understanding of basic histopathological and cytopathological processes in conjunction with a level of practical competence that will enable the students to undertake professional experience in Histopathology and Cytopathology laboratories. 

Cytopathology includes morphology based sessions using the digital microscopy laboratory for tutorials and guided independent student microscopy.  Using multi-head microscopes or a TV microscope immediate feedback is provided during and at the completion of practical sessions. Some written practical reports are required to develop your powers of observation, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Review questions are also provided.


Overview of Learning Resources

There are numerous resources available online on myRMIT, including lecture notes, a study program, relevant journal articles and external links to useful websites. You will have access to cytology teaching slide sets covered in the practical morphology as well as unknown practice slide sets.  A comprehensive laboratory manual will be available through the campus bookstore.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no additional requirements (hurdles) for completion.

The assessment tasks for this course will consist of:

Practical reports and proformas

Weighting 30%; This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Mid semester theory test

Weighting 5% This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3 & 4

Practical tests

Weighting 20%; This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Final theory examination

Weighting 45%; This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3 & 4