Course Title: Integrative Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrative Pathology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MEDS1100

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,
Sem 2 2016

MEDS1100

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

MEDS1102

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,
Sem 2 2016

MEDS1102

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Roula Kyriacou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7484

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

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.006


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Assumed Knowledge

OR


Course Description

This course will examine disease in the major organ systems of the body and exemplify molecular mechanisms of disease, associated diagnostic approaches and methods of treatment. You will build upon your knowledge of pathological processes encountered in General Pathology to enable you to understand and explain the mechanisms of various diseases that affect the human body and to correlate these with clinical presentation.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for the BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) program:

  • PLO 1: Knowledge capability

    Understand appropriate and relevant theoretical concepts of scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply the knowledge in a wide range of problem solving, challenging and interpretative situations within the professional laboratory medicine discipline.

  • PLO 2: Technical capability

    Ability to apply a range of diagnostic technologies and methodologies relevant to the fields of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Histopathology, Cytopathology or Microbiology. These methodologies will identify pathological changes which deviate from the normal physiological range. Students will use logical and systematic thinking to solve problems with diagnostic techniques and procedures, and apply high level analytical skills to the chosen area of clinical laboratory specialisation.

  • PLO 3: Professional work practices

    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.

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for the BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science program:

  • PLO 2: Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by:

    Demonstrating knowledge across disciplines contributing to biomedical science.


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

  1. Explain the mechanisms underlying the disease processes of the major body systems. 
  2. Identify the aetiology, pathogenesis, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and prognostic features of the more commonly encountered organ system diseases in clinical practice.
  3. Correlate 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.
  4. Relate your understanding of pathology to patient presentation in a clinical setting.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.


Overview of Learning Resources

This course will use a range of learning activities including recorded lecture and flexible learning resources organised into learning modules and provide the theoretical basis required for the successful completion of lectorial classes and other assessments. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge of pathology and its application to patient presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a health care professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be conducted in the form of progressive assessment tasks during semester that will test your understanding of the theoretical basis of human disease. Case studies, workshop/e-module activities and an assignment will test your ability to apply that knowledge to given pathological presentations and to correlate theory with clinical presentation.

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Workshop Learning Activities
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Assessment
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Case Study Assessment
Weighting 15%
This assessment task provides supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment 4: End-Semester Assignment
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4