Course Title: General Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: General 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


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 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Roula Kyriacou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7484

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.006

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

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.

This course provides major training in general pathology concepts to laboratory medicine and biomedical science student cohorts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 1.  Knowledge capability (understanding the general principles, terminology, diagnostic procedures, and basic concepts of pathology, which will serve as a foundation for the study of Systemic Pathology).
  • 2. Technical capability (identifying pathological processes at the cellular and gross anatomical level and correlating these with the clinical symptoms and signs).
  • 3. Professional work practices (demonstrating correct handling and disposal of biological materials and maintaining a high standard of ethics, informed consent and consultation).

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

  • 2. Scientific knowledge.

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

  1. Integrate the general principles, terminology, and modes of spread of disease to the study of Pathology.
  2. Build a basic understanding of histopathology and morbid anatomy through the examination of microscopic sections and gross specimens, respectively, displaying pathological processes.
  3. Apply diagnostic procedure in pathology, through introduction of the differential diagnostic methods at the clinical level.
  4. Analyse the basic disease states studied at a cellular and gross anatomical level with the clinical manifestations and symptoms seen in disease through written and verbal communication to professional audiences.
  5. Evaluate the 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, practical workshop classes, self-directed online modules, class discussions and feedback from class activities. The course is supported by the Learning Management System.

Over the semester, students will participate in:

24 hours of lectures

12 hours of workshops

6 hours of online modules

The expectation for independent study is 78 hours

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, online learning modules, a practical workbook, 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 (mid-semester test, workshop based assessments, practical 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 practical and workshop assessments during semester will test your understanding of histopathology and morbid anatomy, and your ability to correlate findings with clinical presentation.

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Workshop Assessments

Weighting 25%

This assessment task provides formative feedback and supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Theory Test

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 3: Practical Test

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Final Exam

Weighting 45% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5