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Histopathology (BMS325)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 24 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Histopathology is the stream of clinical pathology focused on the microscopic examination of tissue specimens to investigate cellular abnormalities and diseases. This unit will equip students with knowledge and understanding of general and systemic pathology, including disease processes, with emphasis on the principles and applications of techniques encountered in diagnostic histopathology. It will cover general tissue collection, processing, fixation, and embedding procedures for histopathologic examination, tissue specimen sectioning, histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and special staining procedures, and quality control and assurance.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes and skills:
1. Knowledge, through demonstrating understanding of the principles and processes of common human pathological states, and the principles and applications of laboratory methods used to diagnose these disorders.
2. Communication, through the reporting of laboratory results and writing laboratory reports, using discipline specific terminology.
3. Problem solving skills, through diagnostic strategies involved in the interpretation of laboratory results, clinical information, and pathological data.
4. Social responsibility, through demonstrating understanding of ethical issues and responsibilities related to histopathology and the broader pathology industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/Tutorials: 3 hours per week; laboratory sessions: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with practical laboratory sessions. In this way, the lectures inform the practical sessions, while the practicals reinforce the lecture content and develop the students experimental, generic and problem-solving skills. The practicals are designed to ensure student exposure to all the key techniques of the histopathology discipline.
Assessment To enable students to demonstrate their development of the knowledge and skills identified in ULO 1-4, there are four assessments:
1) Lab reports. 15% Individual. Students are asked to submit a short lab report for their lab practical. Whole teaching period.
2) Assignment: students are asked to undertake independent research and formulate an essay written with a scientific structure on an allocated topic. 15% Individual. Early/mid teaching period.
3) Practical exam: allows students to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and practical competency of histopathology laboratory methods. Summative feedback provided. 30% Individual. Late teaching period.
4) Theory exam: allows students to demonstrate and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge of general and systemic pathology, and histopathologic laboratory tests. 40% Individual. Examination Period.
Prerequisites BMS321 Histology
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Due to limited laboratory space and equipment. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) or Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BLabMed) [New in 2020]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Bin Ma
Senior Lecturer in Human Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2668
e: B.Ma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.004 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Bin Ma
Senior Lecturer in Human Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2668
e: B.Ma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.004 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
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