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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

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: Frank Musso

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4730

Course Coordinator Email: frank.musso@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.007B


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: Accurate observation and detailed descriptions of cells in normal, benign/reactive and malignant conditions, and 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 theory and practical components of this foundation course are highly integrated throughout the four learning blocks. The first block is an introduction to the routine aspects of anatomical pathology. This is followed by the second learning block where a few commonly used routine special stains are introduced. The third learning block is to introduce the cytopathology component, and the fourth learning block introduces the ancillary techniques that enable both histopathology and cytopathology to make accurate diagnosis.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include:

  • Online learning activities
  • Recommended readings from textbooks, online sources, and designated references
  • Practical activities

Online resources will be made available via the RMIT Learning Management System (LMS).


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: In-semester Assessment

Weighting 40%

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

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester Multiple Choice Test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Final Practical Assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4: Final Case Study Theory Assessment

Weighting 20%

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