Course Title: Advanced Anatomical Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Anatomical Pathology

Credit Points: 24.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Frank Musso

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4730

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.007B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course is intended to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to competently undertake a range of routine anatomical pathology laboratory investigations. Anatomical Pathology comprises histopathology and cytopathology. Lecture topics will be closely aligned with practical sessions to strengthen concepts learned and to build valuable practical skills in the areas of both histopathology and the screening of gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytopathology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine:

  • PLO 1.  Knowledge capability Have a comprehensive understanding of key scientific principles underpinning laboratory medicine and have developed a systemic knowledge of core cellular and molecular processes underlying health and disease.  Have advanced knowledge of two core clinical speciality disciplines of laboratory medicine and advanced management skills.
  • PLO 2. Technical capability Ability to develop and perform a range of diagnostic techniques relevant to the field of laboratory medicine.  To use logical and systemic thinking and high level critical analysis skills to solve problems by utilising diagnostic techniques and methodologies in the chosen areas of clinical laboratory specialisation.
  • PLO 3. Professional work practices Have a critical awareness of principles relating to scientific integrity, ethical issues and legal framework that underpins the field of laboratory medicine.  Contribute to professional work settings through effective interpersonal and teamwork skills to support constructive interactions.
  • PLO 4. Communication skills Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups within the diagnostic laboratory environment.  Acquire, organise, critically analyse, interpret and present information to media in professional settings on current issues in laboratory medicine.
  • PLO 5. Reflective capability Ability to reflect and integrate based upon experiences in relation to theory and work practices to demonstrate creativity in the identification of problems and their solutions.  Identify personal skill deficiencies that require further professional development.
  • PLO 6. Research capability Ability to apply the principles and methods of scientific inquiry and research design to plan and perform hypothesis-driven research project in the field of laboratory medicine or an in-depth advanced professional practice in laboratory medicine work experience.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Plan and conduct routine histopathological techniques from specimen receipt to staining and slide evaluation.
  2. Discuss and apply specialised sectioning and special staining procedures.
  3. Interpret and describe the morphological features in the microscopic examination of specimens from gynaecological and non-gynaecological systems.
  4. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the practical and diagnostic elements of immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology.
  5. Communicate clearly, concisely and logically in both verbal and written format.
  6. Research, critically analyse and report current literature in anatomical pathology.
  7. Articulate and adhere to safe working practices, ethical conduct and quality measures, both as an individual or as part of a team.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include lectures, practical classes, self-directed online modules, tutorials and feedback from class and online activities. The course is supported by the Learning Management System.

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

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

HURDLE Requirement: To pass this course, you must obtain at least 50% in the practical components and an overall grade greater than or equal to 50%

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: PowerPoint Oral Presentation

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Cytopathology Screening Assessment and Project

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Practical Competency Assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Case-study assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7