PATH5131 Anatomical Pathology

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit concentrates on the basic mechanisms of disease processes including the nature of cellular injury, inflammation, infection, repair, regeneration, neoplasia and abnormal vascular reactions. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of histology (and cytology) including sample preparation, fixation, embedding, microtomy and cryotomy, histochemical and cytochemical staining techniques and microscopy.
Students are able to (1) describe the mechanisms of cellular injury; (2) detect evidence for cellular injury by microscopy; (3) demonstrate microscopic assessment of tissues which includes immunocytochemical and several histochemical techniques (enzymatic and non-enzymatic); (4) describe the mechanisms that determine acute and chronic inflammation, atherogenesis and thrombosis; (5) detect and interpret structural evidence for the presence of acute and chronic inflammation in tissues as well as thrombosis, embolism and atheroma; (6) describe the mechanisms of aberrations of tissue growth, cell division and neoplasia; and (7) detect and interpret structural evidence for the diagnosis of growth abnormalities as well as benign and malignant neoplasms in various tissues (the latter includes preparation and interpretation of cytological samples).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical reports; (2) quizzes; (3) slide collections; and (4) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nathan Harvey and Dr Jacob Kenny
Unit rules
Enrolment in the Master of Clinical Pathology 92510 or other relevant postgraduate degree as determined by the Faculty.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/labs/workshops: 3-4 hours per week
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