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BMSC12001 - Histological and Cytological Techniques

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with foundation skills for work in histological (anatomical pathology) and cytological pathology departments. On completion of this unit, you will be able to discuss and perform diagnostic histological techniques including tissue preparation, fixation, routine and special staining, sectioning and mounting. Cytological specimen preparation will also be taught. Development of a high level of skill in efficient use of microscope optics for examination of prepared slides will be facilitated through practical sessions.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 and BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 40%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
I like the use of formative quizzes for the purpose of revision, however it would be great to implement these as part of assessment complementary to the exam
Recommendation
For the Head of Course or Unit Coordinator to consider a change of unit proposal to implement summative quizzes (along with their formative quizzes).
Action Taken
The unit was updated at the end of 2018 allowing for the implementation of two online summative quizzes. These were first implemented in T2-2019 with a favourable response, ensuring the students were engaged prior to the residential school.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Very informative and well paced residential school with knowledgeable staff
Recommendation
Maintain the same teaching staff (including industry professional, John McMaster) for lecturing and residential school.
Action Taken
The same industry, technical and academic staff were employed in 2019.
Source: Self Reflection and Student Feedback
Feedback
Unit ran well. I would like to have the tutorials ideally 3-4 days after the lectures and possibly in a room on campus (to encourage internal students to come). It would also be nice to include another assessment item to minimise the stress for the final examination.
Recommendation
The Head of Course to consider a change of unit proposal to alter assessment criteria.
Action Taken
Tutorials were run in the week following the lecture. These were offered via zoom. Also, two summative quizzes were implemented to minimise the stress for the final examination.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The lectures were very informative and straight to the point, and didn't provide an overwhelming amount of information on the topic which helped me to learn faster
Recommendation
Maintain a similar lecture format.
Action Taken
Similar lecture format and procedure was maintained.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluations
Feedback
Appraisal of unit structure, teaching staff, lecture content and residential school.
Recommendation
Maintain the same structure of lectures, residential school and teaching team in 2020.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Implementation of the two quizzes reduced the pressure in the practical and written examinations while keeping the students engaged throughout term
Recommendation
Keep the quizzes - adding new questions yearly.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluations
Feedback
Bottleneck during coverslipping during residential school.
Recommendation
Look at the practical space for coverslipping and consider the marking weight of coverslipping.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply routine procedures and techniques relevant to histology and cytology specimen receipt, fixation, processing and staining used in pathology laboratories
  2. Discuss and apply the safe handling and quality control procedures of all equipment, reagents and samples in a histology laboratory
  3. Assess staining errors and outline remedial actions
  4. Outline the steps in tissue processing from specimen receipt to reporting.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
2 - Online Quiz(zes)