AP0608 - Pathology in Practice

What will I learn on this module?

“Pathology in Practice” represents the final stages of bringing together the knowledge and experience accrued from previous modules (L5) of the Pathology Specialties (Medical Microbiology/Clinical Immunology; Cellular pathology/Haematology/Transfusion Science; Clinical Biochemistry).
You will learn how to examine and assess the clinical symptoms and resulting results and data presented as a case study. As a group of 5 students, your team will decide the appropriate testing regime, in order to reach a diagnosis. This will take the form of preliminary investigations that should point the team in the right direction.
Comprising of group discussions, and guidance from “specialist” tutors in the assessment of demonstrations/practical work, and data acquisition, your team will collectively contribute data, knowledge, and understanding of the test results, to unravel the complexities of the case. Each student should represent a specialty subject and act as leader in that area. Once all test results have been examined, your team will decide the appropriate diagnosis of your patient. Discussions will include any follow up tests that may help in further elucidation of the case. A prognosis will be expected to be given.
The final exercise will be a student led poster presentation of the case study. All members of your group will be expected to contribute and answer questions during the presentation. Peer review is included whereby each student appraises the rest of the team, and awards marks for each person’s contribution.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn from prior experience of the Pathology Specialties to assess symptoms presented. Each student team is expected to ascertain the correct diagnosis. You will learn from the other members of your team, as well as your own research enquiries and research tutored sources. Each member of your team will act as a leader in one of the Pathology specialties.
Further learning will be gleaned from practical and demonstration sessions throughout the module. These sessions allow the student to assimilate any results and data acquired in order to recognise any pathological abnormalities in the patient samples.
Regular student discussion, supported by specialist academics will allow you to understand the background of the case, and help you to achieve the correct outcome for your patient.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

At all stages of your “journey” to diagnose the patient, you will be supported by a series of specialist academics who will guide, and encourage you to question all symptoms, and test results achieved. There will be periodic “group discussions” to monitor progress in the development of the case study.
Lots of ideas and questions of a clinical nature will be considered and reviewed. You will be encouraged to think logically and objectively, with no assumptions made. You will learn that Pathology is a true science, that is evidence based and do not involve emotions or “gut feeling” assumptions.
The specialist tutors will give all students opportunities to discuss any ideas or problems associated with the case study.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. The student will learn to interpret data from multidisciplinary aspects in order to assist in prognosis and diagnosis of disease.
2. The student will be suitably knowledgeable in respect of routine and specialised laboratory procedures to be carried out in a safe and professional manner.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. The student will be able to express suitable theoretical knowledge regarding the demonstration techniques involved in diagnostic pathology, even when there is limited information.
4. The student will be able to use research, and critically evaluate data and information in areas of Biomedical Science.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. The student will be able to operate professionally and competently, both independently and as part of a team and be able to audit, reflect on and review personal practice and the performance of others.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a written lab report (individual) of 2500 word limit, as a result of compiling all practical aspects and data gained from practical/demonstration sessions and Subject specialist meetings into the case study allocated to your group

The final Group Poster session includes Peer review to demonstrate parity of contribution to the work (MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 tested).

Weightings are 75% lab report, 25% poster preparation/presentation

There are no examinations in this module.

Written feedback will be given on assessment grids for both areas. Verbal feedback will be continuous during discussion group sessions.


Level 5 Cell and Transfusion Science; Microbiology and Immunology; Medical Biochemistry



Module abstract

Well-liked by students, the “Pathology in Practice” module represents the final stage in the learning process of pathology diagnosis. It involves a team approach to assess patient diagnosis, and mimics real life NHS pathology.
Each “team” will examine and assess the symptoms shown in the case study history, and decide on appropriate pathology tests to reach an appropriate diagnosis.
Each student will act as a leader of one of the pathology specialties in the exploration of tests and discussion of the significance of results seen.
Guided by specialist “experts”, the student team will need to fully research their case in order to reach an appropriate diagnosis.
The “journey” will include practical and demonstration sessions with data acquisition extraction to reach a suitable conclusion.

The final session uses a student Poster presentation to display and explain their findings and conclusions.
The module provides excellent preparation for employment in Pathology, utilising Research and Technology. Assessment is by individual case reports (75%) and poster presentation (25%).

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 6 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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