Course Title: Integrative Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrative Pathology

Credit Points: 12.00



Course Coordinator: Dr Roula Kyriacou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7484

Course Coordinator Email: roula.kyriacou@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.06


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students enrolled in this course are assumed to have knowledge in an undergraduate level general pathology course (or equivalent course).


Course Description

Major systemic disorders will be studied at cellular and gross anatomical levels and discussed with regards to aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs and symptoms, and methods of diagnosis and treatment. The lecture program will be supplemented by a series of workshop sessions that exemplify the molecular mechanisms of disease and associated diagnostic approaches, and online problem-solving case studies that enhance and exemplify the lecture content.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine
• PLO1: Knowledge capability (in depth understanding of the aetiology, pathogenesis, methods of treatment and diagnostic procedures of systemic disease)
• PLO2: Technical capability (advanced identification of pathological processes at the cellular and/or gross anatomical level and correlation with the clinical symptoms and signs).


On completion of this course you should be able to:
• CLO1: Explain in-depth the mechanisms underlying the disease processes of the major body systems.
• CLO2: Identify the aetiology, pathogenesis, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and prognostic features of several organ system diseases encountered in clinical practice.
• CLO3: Correlate in detail the disease states studied at a cellular level and gross anatomical level with the overt clinical signs and symptoms seen in those disorders on a systemic level.
• CLO4: Relate in depth your understanding of pathology to 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 RMIT Learning Management System (LMS).

Total Study Hours

Over the semester, students will participate in:
22 hours of lectures
12 hours of workshops
10 hours of online modules
The expectation for independent study is 76 hours.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to a range of independent learning material including online learning exercises and web-based learning materials provided through the RMIT learning management system. Lecture notes and online problem-solving case studies will also be provided via this website. Prescribed textbooks and recommended references are available in the library (http://rmit.libguides.com/laboratory-medicine) and at the Pathology Museum.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: E-learning module assessment
Weighting 15%
This assessment task provides formative feedback and supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4
Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Theory Test
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4
Assessment Task 3: Workshops
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4
Assessment 4: Final Exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4