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Unit Overview


This unit provides a broad overview of systemic pathology as a basis for understanding the factors that predispose humans to disease, particularly those which require tissue analysis by the referral of clinical diagnostic biopsy material to the anatomical pathology laboratory for diagnosis. The unit builds upon the knowledge gained in PATH5131 Anatomical Pathology, with students acquiring practical skills in the transfer of tissue samples for histology and ancillary studies, including the ability to identify, orient, describe and select tissue samples required by pathologists for diagnosis and prognostic assessment.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate microscopic assessment of tissues including the preparation of specimen slides using immunocytochemical and various histochemical techniques (enzymatic and non-enzymatic); (2) explain the pathogenesis, morphology and clinical laboratory manifestations of disease processes at organ and whole-body level; (3) accurately observe, describe and interpret diseased tissue; (4) describe the significance of tissue morphology in recognising disease processes; (5) describe various structural lesions in the samples provided and discuss the pathogenetic processes present and, wherever possible, arrive at a diagnosis; and (6) correlate patient clinical history with observations of the diseased tissue.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) worksheets; (2) stained slide sets (non-quantitative pass/fail assessment); (3) written assignments; and (4) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the stained slide sets (non-quantitative pass/fail assessment) component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jacob Kenny
Unit rules
PATH5131 Anatomical Pathology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials/labs/workshops: 4-5 hours per week.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.