Course Title: Advanced Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Pathology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

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 examine disease in the major organ systems of the body and will extend your knowledge base that was acquired in the study of Introduction to Pathology. The lecture course is supplemented by a series of workshop sessions in which the lecture material is enhanced and exemplified. This course continues to build upon your knowledge of pathological processes to enable you to understand and explain the mechanisms of disease processes encountered in major organ systems in the body. You will have the opportunity to develop as adult learners and as effective contributors in a professional environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcome for the BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) programs:

  • PLO 1 Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 2 Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment
  • PLO 4 Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care
  • PLO 5 Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO 6 Work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):
  • PLO 1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO 5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry

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 activities in this course include lectures, workshops, class discussions and feedback from class activities and self-directed online modules. 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

Learning resources in this course include online learning exercises, lecture notes, workshop activities, 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 (workshop activities, mid-semester test, online module 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 online modules and workshop activities during semester will test your understanding and ability to correlate theory with clinical presentation.

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Workshops

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Theory Test

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 3: Online Module Test

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment 4: Final Exam

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4