Course Title: Anatomical Pathology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Anatomical Pathology 2

Credit Points: 12.00

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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 taken as part of a major discipline stream and is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to competently undertake anatomical pathology investigations. Anatomical Pathology comprises histopathology and cytopathology. Lecture topics will be closely aligned with practical exercise to strengthen concepts learned and to build valuable practical skills in the areas of both histopathology and cytopathology.

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. 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. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of morphological features in the microscopic examination of specimens from gynaecological and non-gynaecological systems.
  4. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology
  5. Communicate clearly, concisely and logically in both verbal and written format
  6. Articulate and adhere to safe working practices, ethical conduct and quality measures 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, 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: You must pass the practical components of this course (at least 50%) and obtain an overall grade greater than or equal to 50% to pass the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: PowerPoint Oral Presentation

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Cytopathology Screening Project

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Practical Competency Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Case-study assignment

Weighting 30%

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