BMSC12001 - Histological and Cytological Techniques
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 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

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 50%
2. 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 Procedures 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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Comfortable with how the course ran, feel that all adjustments made in 2016 have been advantageous. Res school was successfully ran. External lecturers sometimes got carried away with the time etc. Self reflection and peer review Always follow student and peer feedback. Let the external lecturers know that students lose interest after 2 hours of lectures, so to keep it succinct.
Organised and great teaching staff Student feedback Maintain the same structure
Awesome residential School Student feedback Continue with the same style, small class res school
Some monotonous and long lectures - tutorials running after lectures seem to create a 3 hour lecture Student feedback Look into a more collaborative tutorial method - allows for more student interaction.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe and perform common procedures and techniques relevant to histological specimen receipt, fixation, processing and staining used in pathology laboratories
  2. Discuss and demonstrate the safe handling of fixation chemicals
  3. Assess staining errors and describe quality control procedures for staining and remedial actions
  4. Demonstrate cytological techniques including centrifugation, cell block preparation and smear techniques
  5. Demonstrate optimal use of microscope optics

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence          
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
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
1 - Practical Assessment      
2 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Cellular Pathology
Author/s: Cook, D.J., Warren, P.J. Year: 2015
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Scion
City: Banbury State: OX169UX
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorIngrid Christiansen (i.christiansen@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction, fixation and sample cut-up

Chapters 1, 3 and 20

Week 2 17-07-2017

Tissue processing and embedding

Chapters 4 and 5

Week 3 24-07-2017

Section cutting, coverslipping and artefacts

Chapters 4, 6 and 10

Week 4 31-07-2017

Principles of histochemical staining. The H&E stain.

Chapter 7

Week 5 07-08-2017

Special stains - carbohydrates, connective tissue, muscle

Chapter 8

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Independent study week

Week 6 21-08-2017

Special stains - silver stains, pigments, micro-organisms

Chapters 10 and 11

Week 7 28-08-2017

Special stains - amyloid, lipids, enzyme histochemistry

Chapters 8, 9 and 11

Week 8 04-09-2017

Residential School.

Residential School.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry

Chapter 12

Week 10 18-09-2017

Molecular techniques, electron microscopy

Chapters 15, 16 and 19

Week 11 25-09-2017

Gynaecological and Non-gynaecological cytology

Chapters 13 and 14

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Over the three days of block practical/residential school you will be able to apply some of your theoretical knowledge and begin to develop your technical and scientific skills in processing and staining tissues. You will learn to process tissues, cut sections and stain slides. You will also be required to complete a workbook to hand in with your slide portfolio. The quality of the finished slide will determine if the medically qualified pathologist can use your slide to interpret what he/she sees and make the final diagnosis. For this reason, the final practical session of the Residential School, will be a practical examination (worth 30%) alongside your workbook (worth 20%) for all unit students. You will be required to section and stain tissues that will be assessed for quality.

Assessment Due Date Final day of residential school
Return Date to Students Within 7 days
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The finished slide must not show any artefacts such as tears, folds, wrinkles or bubbles that obscure part(s) of the section, and the final section is not over-stained or under-stained. The stain must have an even balance showing the expected histological structures. A more detailed breakdown of how the slides will be marked will be provided on the Moodle site, and the terms and features above will become familiar during the early lectures and early lab sessions.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To demonstrate satisfactory practical skills necessary for this unit, you are required to gain at least 30 of the 50 marks available.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe and perform common procedures and techniques relevant to histological specimen receipt, fixation, processing and staining used in pathology laboratories

2. Discuss and demonstrate the safe handling of fixation chemicals

3. Assess staining errors and describe quality control procedures for staining and remedial actions

4. Demonstrate cytological techniques including centrifugation, cell block preparation and smear techniques

5. Demonstrate optimal use of microscope optics

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50% To pass this unit
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe and perform common procedures and techniques relevant to histological specimen receipt, fixation, processing and staining used in pathology laboratories

2. Discuss and demonstrate the safe handling of fixation chemicals

3. Assess staining errors and describe quality control procedures for staining and remedial actions

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy


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