PATHOL 3101 - Essentials of Pathology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

Essentials of Pathology is designed to present students with essential concepts of pathological processes and altered health states. The course looks in depth at a wide variety of common pathological conditions. General topics covered include the nature and causes of cell injury and death; adaptive cellular changes; inflammation, healing and repair, thrombosis, infarction and neoplasia. More detailed attention is given to cardio and cerebrovascular pathology, gastrointestinal diseases, bone and joint diseases and common cancers. Clinical scenarios within each module correlate the anatomical pathology with major clinical symptoms and signs. In addition to lectures, small group tutorials provide an opportunity for students to examine macroscopic and microscopic specimens illustrating the pathology covered in lectures.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PATHOL 3101
    Course Essentials of Pathology
    Coordinating Unit Medicine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites HLTH SC 2104 or PYHSIOL 2510 or PATHOL 2200
    Incompatible PATHOL 3003
    Course Description Essentials of Pathology is designed to present students with essential concepts of pathological processes and altered health states. The course looks in depth at a wide variety of common pathological conditions. General topics covered include the nature and causes of cell injury and death; adaptive cellular changes; inflammation, healing and repair, thrombosis, infarction and neoplasia. More detailed attention is given to cardio and cerebrovascular pathology, gastrointestinal diseases, bone and joint diseases and common cancers. Clinical scenarios within each module correlate the anatomical pathology with major clinical symptoms and signs. In addition to lectures, small group tutorials provide an opportunity for students to examine macroscopic and microscopic specimens illustrating the pathology covered in lectures.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Corinna Van Den Heuvel

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Corinna Van Den Heuvel
    Course Coordinators: Corinna Van Den Heuvel and Viythia Katharesan

    Corinna and Viythia
    Phone: +61 8 8313 1456
    Email: eop@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The full timetable can be accessed on the canvas page for the course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of essential basic pathological processes including cell death and injury, inflammation, thrombosis and neoplasia
    2. Acquire the ability to relate these essential basic pathological processes to the pathogenesis of common and important diseases.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the predisposing factors, causes, pathogenesis, morphology and potential complications of such diseases.
    4. Correlate clinical features with the causes and mechanisms of disease.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of how knowledge of pathological processes can be utilised in the investigation, management and prevention of disease. 
    6. Use the terminology for the field of pathology correctly and contextually.
    7. Acquire, read, interpret and synthesis information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 
    8. Acknowledge and reference sources of information appropriately.
    9. Work in groups and individually in the pursuit of scientific knowledge.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-7, 9
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7, 8, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The recommended textbook is anyone of the following:

    Robbins Basic Pathology (10th edition). Kumar Abbas and Aster. Elsevier

    Rubin's Pathology, Clinicopathologic Foundations of Medicine, 6th edition 2011 edited by Rubin, Strayer, and Rubin (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins).

    Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edition, Kumar, Abbas and Aster (eds), Elsevier Saunders

    Other pathology textbooks may be suitable. Please check with the course coordinator.


    For review of histopathology, Wheater's Basic Pathology: 5th edition by Young, ODowd and Stewart (Elsevier) is an excellent book.
    Recommended Resources


    The recommended textbook is anyone of the following:

    Robbins Basic Pathology (10th edition). Kumar Abbas and Aster. Elsevier

    Rubin's Pathology, Clinicopathologic Foundations of Medicine,  6th edition 2011 edited by Rubin, Strayer, and Rubin (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins).

    Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edition, Kumar, Abbas and Aster (eds), Elsevier Saunders

    Other pathology textbooks may be suitable. Please check with the course coordinator.


    For review of histopathology, Wheater's Basic Pathology:  5th edition by Young, ODowd and Stewart (Elsevier) is an excellent book. 
    Online Learning
    This course will use canvas as a major component. All lecture notes, tutorial activities and lecture recordings will be posted on MyUni Canvas. Announcements and weekly student update emails will be sent via the site. The literature review assignment will be submitted and marked through Turnitin.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Blended learning will take place in this course. Large group lecture sessions will vary. Some sessions will be lectures, others will be question and answer sessions and clinical scenarios. Students will be divided into small groups to undertake problem-solving tasks in these sessions and within the tutorial groups. Some lectures will be pre-recorded and utlilise the flipped classroom approach.
    Interactive small group tutorials will focus on the pathological specimens relating to the lecture material.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.



    Students are reminded that the overall workload for a full time student as stated in the University of Adelaide Calendar is an average of 48 hours per week per teaching period (i.e. semester). This includes contact and non-contact hours and includes general study and research time for assignments. Essentials of Pathology is a 3 unit course and thus represents quarter of a full time load. You should thus be putting in an average of 12 hours of study each week (including contact hours) for this course.


    Each week you are expected to:
    • Attend teaching sessions (lecture/large group sessions and tutorials)
    • Read lecture notes and relevant sections of textbooks that relate to lecture material, ensuring that you understand the information, and taking additional notes as necessary
    • Revise relevant normal structure and function and other relevant basic health science to aid your understanding of the pathology
    • prepare for tests
    • Utilise the Anatomy / Pathology Museum (Helen Mayo South sg25) by looking at specimens and reading the specimen catalogue
    • Utilise other available learning resources e.g. Pathology websites and Histopathology videos on MyUni
    • Work on literature review assignments


    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture / Large group sessions
    There will be 3 lecture / large group sessions each week. Presentations will commence at 10 minutes past the hour and will last for 40 to 50 minutes. A lecture will be presented in most sessions. The timetable can be found as a separate document on MyUni. Lecture notes should be downloaded from MyUni prior to the lecture as printed handouts will not be distributed at lectures.
    If you do not understand any part of a lecture, do not hesitate to ask for clarification from the lecturer either during the lecture, afterwards or by email.
    Lecture notes only aim to provide an outline of a topic. Further reading of a textbook is expected for you to gain wider and deeper knowledge and understanding.
    Clinical scenario sessions and question and answer (Q and A) sessions will fill several of the lecture time slots (see timetable for exact dates and times).


    Tutorials
    Small group tutorials to examine macroscopic specimens and to clarify topics covered in the lectures and practical classes will be held each fortnight (week allocation will be available in the timetable on MyUni). Please see the tutorial roster for times and locations of your selected tutorial group. Tutorials will begin in week 2 and are compulsory. Participation by each student within the tutorial group is expected.
    Specific Course Requirements
    In order to pass Essentials of Pathology, students are required to have completed all components of the assessment (i.e. literature review assignment, the mid-semester examination, 2 MCQ tests and the end of semester written theory examinations).

    Students must achieve a grade of at least 40% in the end of semester theory examination, and achieve an overall grade of at least 50% for the course.

    Students must have also attended at least 4 of the 5 tutorials. Absence at more than 1 of 5 tutorials will require the provision of appropriate paperwork documenting medical and/or compassionate reasons for non-attendance at the relevant session. Students failing to meet these requirements may either fail outright or be required to sit additional assessment examinations.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Assessment Type Weighting learning outcome(s)
    being addressed
    MCQ tests Summative 15% 1-7
    Mid semester examination Summative 10% 1-7
    Literature review based on research topic Summative 25% 8, 9
    Tutorial worksheets Formative 0% 1-7
    Final examination Summative 50% 1-7
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment comprises several parts:
    § 2 x MCQ tests distributed throughout the semester each worth 7.5% totalling 15%
    § A mid semester examination worth 10%
    § A literature review based on a research topic to be completed during the semester worth 25%
    § An end of semester examination worth 50%

    All assessments are summative. Tests and the examination will be graded using marks. The total possible mark for each will be specified on the test / examination. Marks for individual questions in the tests / examinations will be stated on the question paper. The marks give a guide as to how much you should write in your answer. Don’t assume that, for example, 3 marks means that only 3 points/facts must be covered in the answer. Three marks just means that you need not give as much or as detailed information as for a 10 mark question for example.
    Results from the MCQ tests, mid-semester examination and literature review will be placed into the Grade Centre in MyUni.

    Literature review assignment
    Students will be required to download a literature review assignment during the course. Topics will be made available at the beginning of semester. Students are to select one topic. Only a limited number of students (maximum of 9) will be allowed to do each topic. To choose a group, select Groups from the list on the left handside of the Essentials of Pathology MyUni site then select "view sign up sheet to join a group" then read the list of literature review topics and once you have made your selection you click the "sign up" button under the topic. Once you have done this it is final and cannot be changed. You are unable to remove yourself from the selection.

    The literature review should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words. Only articles from peer reviewed journals may be used as reference sources. Where possible, original rather than review articles should be used and referenced. The review is due at the end of semester. All assignments are to be submitted via Turnitin on Myuni.
    Further information regarding this assessment piece, including the referencing style to be used, is provided in a separate document that can be downloaded from MyUni. You are encouraged to submit a dot point plan to the person who set your topic one month prior to submission date for them to give you some feedback.

    PENALTIES AND SUBMISSION

    1 Staff will clearly indicate the deadline (date and time) for coursework submission in the course information contained within MyUni. In addition, assessment deadlines will be announced via MyUni at least 7 days prior to the submission deadline.
    2 Unless otherwise indicated, coursework should be submitted electronically via MyUni. Any students experiencing technical difficulties should contact the course coordinator at the earliest opportunity.
    3 Coursework received after the deadline will be penalised as follows: 10% of total available points will be penalised per day (24 hour period or fraction thereof). An automatic zero mark will be applied after 7 days.
    4 The deadline time will be strictly enforced according to the digital time displayed Weekends and public holidays ARE included as penalty days.
    5 Coursework submitted to any location other than those specified will not be accepted. This includes submissions to personal staff email addresses. Submission dates may be extended under exceptional circumstances. Please refer to the Modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy. You need to see the course coordinator at the earliest opportunity if you feel that you require an extension. Upon receipt of an application for extension, staff may: Refuse permission for extension, specifying the appropriate reason(s); or Grant permission for extension without penalty; or Grant permission for extension with a penalty as guided by this policy.

    Mid semester examination
    A 50 min written examination will be held during the semester at a time to be confirmed at the start of the year usually in week 6 or 7.
    Questions will cover material covered in lectures and practical classes (excluding visual recognition of macroscopic or microscopic pathological features) from weeks 1 to 6. The format will be similar to the final examination and will use a combination of short, medium and longer answer questions. Questions will require you to demonstrate understanding of and integrate information from a variety of sources. If students are unable to attend this examination for significant compassionate or medical reasons, appropriate forms should be obtained from your faculty office or the appropriate web site, completed and submitted in the appropriate time frame and a supplementary examination will be organised if necessary.

    MCQ tests
    Throughout the semester there will be a total of 2 online MCQ tests. These tests will assess lecture, practical and relevant basic health science material. They are designed to promote continuous learning of course content and preparation for the practical classes and to provide feedback on your level of knowledge and understanding as you progress in the course.
    The MCQ tests are each worth 7.5% of your final mark for the course. 

    End of semester examination
    The end of semester examination will comprise a 3 hour written theory paper.  The examination aims to examine the depth of a student’s understanding of the topics that have been covered during the semester.
    Past written theory end of semester examinations can be found in the University library’s electronic database of past exam papers. Note that the course changed in 2010 so some questions in examinations prior to that time may be on topics no longer covered. Sample practical questions will be posted on MyUni.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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