Course Title: Introduction to Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Pathology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Danielle Kibell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7401

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.006

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments are preferred

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)




Course Description

This course will introduce the concepts of injury and departures from normal structure and function in the human body, as occurs in disease. The various pathological processes and their importance in the basis of human disease will be studied. Correlation with clinical presentation will also be made, with particular reference to cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following program learning outcome for the BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) program (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia, December 2013):

•               Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (Standard 1.5a).

This course contributes to the following program learning outcome for the Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (Chinese Medicine) (BP278), Osteopathy (BP279) and Chiropractic (BP280) programs:

In Complementary Medicine this course contributes to your ability to gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessments and management plans to carry out effective evidence-based treatment (PLO 2).

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

1. Relate the general principles, terminology, and modes of spread of disease to the study of Advanced Pathology, and Imaging Anatomy and Pathology.

2. Apply a basic understanding of morbid anatomy to examination of pictorial material and gross specimens displaying pathological processes.

3. Apply the diagnostic procedure in pathology, through introduction of the differential diagnostic methods at the clinical level.

4. Correlate basic disease states studied at a cellular and gross anatomical level with the overt clinical signs and symptoms seen in those disorders.

5. Relate ways in which pathology contributes to the understanding of patient presentation in a clinical setting.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include lectures, workshops, class discussions and feedback from class activities, self-directed online modules, and online/face-to-face quizzes. The course is supported by the Learning Management System.

Over the semester, students will participate in:

24 hours of lectures
6 hours of workshops
5 hours of online modules

The expectation for independent study is 35 hours.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include online learning exercises, lecture notes, workshop activities, references on selected topics and web based learning materials. All resources are made available through myRMIT. Prescribed textbooks and recommended references are available in the library and at the Pathology Museum.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be conducted in the form of progressive assessment tasks during semester (online quizzes, workshop assessments, mid-semester test) and a final exam.

The final exam and theory assessments during semester will test your understanding of the theoretical basis of human disease and your ability to apply that knowledge to given pathological presentations. The online quizzes and workshop activities during semester will test your understanding and ability to correlate theory with clinical presentation.

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Online Quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task provides formative feedback and supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Theory Test

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 3: Workshops

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 4: Final Exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5