BMSC13016 - Advanced Histopathology and Cytopathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Identification of the characteristic histopathological and cytopathological features of human organ systems and the hallmarks of pathological dysregulation of tissue organisation is fundamental to the work of the medical laboratory scientist. In this unit you will study normal and abnormal histopathological features of a range of tissues along with normal and abnormal cytopathological features of a range of cells. The relationship between cellular injury, immune response, tumour formation, infection and pathological dysregulation of tissue organisation will be explored in relation to clinical cases you may encounter. You will be provided with the knowledge and skill to perform microscopic examination of tissues and cells. Case studies will include new developments in immunohistochemistry and fluorescence imaging. Attendance at residential school practical activities in Rockhampton is a requirement of this unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BMSC12001 Histological and Cytological Techniques

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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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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

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.15% response rate.

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
Comprehensive detail to lectures, with approachable and well organised lecturer.
Maintain similar content to lectures and revision material. Ensure students are contacted weekly via forums and ensure all material is marked promptly.
Action Taken
Content remained the same in the lecture slides and revision material. Extra formative quizzes were added each week allowing for the students to practice their material verbally.
Source: Broader (industry) feedback
Implementation of a 'micobiological' stain within a residential school for one of the histology units
After discussion with technical and academic staff, the plan is to implement a Gram's stain and a Wade Fite stain to the second year unit.
Action Taken
Both the Gram's stain and the Wade Fite have both been implemented into BMSC12001.
Source: Self-reflection
Not enough time spent on detailing images, or summarising each lecture.
Implement dot-points to summarise each lecture, and include image recognition (formative) quizzes each week.
Action Taken
Inclusion of new H5P flashcards to allow students to self assess each of the new images.
Source: Self-reflection and student feedback
Allow for a choice of questions to answer in the final assessment
Implement a choice of e.g. five out of six long answer questions in the final assessment.
Action Taken
Addition of an extra question in the final assessment, allowing the students to choose 5 of 6 questions.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
The residential school was enjoyable, informative and useful to learning.
Maintain consistency in the delivery of the of the residential school for future iterations.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation and Self-Reflection
Incorporation of online reading lists to enhance student learning.
Work with the library to set up an e-reading list to enhance the learning materials.
Action Taken
Source: Via email and in person
Students found the opportunity for a practice viva reduced anxiety.
Continue offering the students the opportunity to have rehearsals for their final assessment.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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