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Unit information: Clinical Pathology in Action in 2022/23

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Unit name Clinical Pathology in Action
Unit code PANM30002
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Maggiani
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Unit Information

Pathology is the study of disease connecting science and medicine. Contributing to every aspect of patient care, from initial diagnosis to informing individual patient treatment choice and the broader impacts on population health. This unit will explore how Pathology uses traditional microscopic and macroscopic techniques through state of the art tests.

This unit brings together multiple aspects of the discipline of clinical pathology, with examples from a variety of medical conditions which fall within the remit of pathologists.

Your learning on this unit

Understanding the role of pathology in the diagnostic process in the context of a multidisciplinary approach to patient treatment.

Describe how recent scientific advancements are applied to pathology testing and contribute to defining more targeted, tailor-made treatment options.

Appreciate how pathology contributes to the scientific development and advancement of medicine.

Appreciate the limit of pathology testing if inappropriately requested or inadequately correlated with the clinical case.

How you will learn

The unit will comprise of 15 individual lectures to include a Data Handling Session.

The unit will also include the following clinical laboratory tours with interactive sessions.

1. Histopathology lab

2. Cytology lab

3. Stem cell handling

4. Bristol genetics

5. post Mortem videolink.

Independent study: Students are expected to study the recommended literature.

How you will be assessed

Exam to include 2 essays, one essay to be chosen from each section containing three questions.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.