Course Title: Anatomical Pathology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Anatomical Pathology 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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

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 inpatient 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: i.) Accurate observation and detailed descriptions of cells in of normal, benign, premalignant and malignant conditions in gynaecological (Liquid-based cytology cervical preparations and the Human Papilloma virus molecular testing; and non-gynaecological specimens of the respiratory system. And ii.) the principles of routine cytological preparation and staining techniques.


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. Discuss and apply the regulatory and safety procedures for specimen reception, identification and handling in Anatomical Pathology.
  2. Explain and competently perform the current histopathology and cytopathology techniques applicable in a professional laboratory.
  3. Integrate theoretical knowledge and practical techniques to human disease and communicate this effectively.
  4. Critically identify and discuss quality control measures.


Overview of Learning Activities

The syllabus is covered in a program of weekly combined 1-hour lectures/tutorials and 4-hours practical exercises in anatomical pathology designed to facilitate the acquisition and understanding of knowledge and related laboratory skills.   The theory and practical components of the course are highly integrated throughout two phases of this course. The first phase is an intensive training in Cytopathology with a short revision session in Histology in the first 4 weeks. This is followed by the second stage of course consists of the study of Histopathology in the remaining 8 weeks. Weekly lecture notes together with selected prior Histology course learning are accessible via Canvas for your independent learning.   Online learning material focusing at firstly the quality assurance and quality control measures in Anatomical pathology laboratories, and secondly the molecular and immunological tests in cytopathology will be presented as online modules in Canvas to be learned independent learning and discussed at the weekly face-to-face tutorial.   Every week, you will be expected to undertake one hour of lecture, and four hours of practical classes. There will be extra online study material that you have to learn from. Other than these 5 hours of face-to-face contact time, you can expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week on independent study for this course.

 


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. 


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Histology test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Rat cut-up practical report

Weighting 40%

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

Assessment Task 3: Practical test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4: Final theory examination

Weighting 30%

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