LMED29002 - Anatomical Pathology 1

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 develop the knowledge and skills to perform microscopic examination of tissues and cells. Case studies will include new developments in immunohistochemistry and fluorescence imaging. You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school on the Rockhampton campus for development and assessment of your skill in histological and cytological techniques. The residential school may be scheduled outside of the term of offering of the unit.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


Enrolment in Master of Laboratory Medicine.

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Laboratory/Practical 0%
4. Examination 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 84.21% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 39.58% 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: SUTE and self reflection
The unit has a significant volume of material
Revise the unit's content and delivery for 2024. Construct some classes using Moodle Lessons to help students digest the material.
Action Taken
Source: email and SUTE
The student learning experience, and academic rigour of the unit, would be improved if there were more assessment tasks.
Discuss assessment options and gradings with the DDLT team and Head of Course for 2024.
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection
Students appear to be largely disengaged and more could be done to promote engagement with the unit.
Implement more interactive tutorials. Provide students with a weekly discussion topic, and ensure they have time dedicated in the tutorial to discuss with peers. Implement Kahoot style quizzes in the tutorials to keep them engaged.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Distinguish histopathological and cytopathological specimens according to body system, pathology and artefactual morphology
  2. Apply professional knowledge of inflammatory processes and tissue responses to clinical contexts
  3. Demonstrate skills in histological and cytological techniques, including the process of sectioning, antigen retrieval and staining
  4. Apply professional knowledge of the neoplastic process, grading and staging of neoplasms and gene expression to clinical contexts
  5. Discuss the principles, mechanisms, requirements and the application of use for special stain procedures and specialised fixation techniques in histology and cytology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Laboratory/Practical
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8