Course Title: Anatomical Pathology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Anatomical Pathology 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




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,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

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

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of:

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

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.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH129 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours):

  • PLO 1 Apply coherent and advanced of laboratory medicine theories, concepts and evidence in various real-world settings using a scientific approach.
  • PLO 2 Apply systematic thinking and a range of high-level analytical skills using a blend of digital and traditional tools and technologies to solve complex scientific and medical problems
  • PLO 3 Apply research principles and methodology to design and implement a laboratory medicine research project to address complex real-world scientific challenges, and make original contribution to disciplinary knowledge.
  • PLO 4 Demonstrate the ability to generate and evaluate solutions to all aspects of interdisciplinary professional practice while complying with ethical, legal and regulatory standards that underpins the field of laboratory medicine.
  • PLO 5 Communicate and collaborate to diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats related to laboratory medicine employing integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices.
  • PLO 6 Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice as part of a multidisciplinary team.

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

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.

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

This course contains hurdle requirements. 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 Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

HURDLE Requirement: To pass this course, you must obtain at least 50% in the final 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 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Cytopathology Screening Project
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Practical Competency Assessment (Hurdle)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Final Invigilated Theory Exam
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

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.