Course Title: Advanced Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Pathology

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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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 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

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 extend your knowledge base that was acquired in the study of Introduction to Pathology. You will build upon your knowledge of pathological processes to enable you to understand and explain the mechanisms of various diseases that affect the human body and to correlate these with clinical presentation, diagnostic approaches and methods of treatment. 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

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 Learning Resources

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 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 formative feedback and supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

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