Course Title: Advanced Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Pathology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MEDS2119

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,
Sem 2 2016

MEDS2119

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Roula Kyriacou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7484

Course Coordinator Email: roula.kyriacou@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.006


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.


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


Upon 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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


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.

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

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.