module specification

BM7104 - Introduction to Cellular Pathology (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Introduction to Cellular Pathology
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 100
0 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
100 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 20%   Online Quizzes
Coursework 30%   Reflective Learning Log - PLL (1000 words)
Coursework 50%   Written Assignment - ECA (1000 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -

Module summary

This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of Cellular Pathology. This module surveys the incidence and cause of human diseases. Diseases are characterised by comparing pathological with non-pathological states, with particular reference to underlying molecular and cellular perturbations

Prior learning requirements



Fatal and non-fatal illness; the incidence and prevalence of disease; summary of UK mortality and morbidity statistics.
Mammalian cell phenotypes and normal tissue structure.  Cellular and tissue pathology. 
The pathological and non-pathological state: normal homeostasis v inadequate adaptation to changes in the internal and external environments. 
Mechanisms of disease processes and their associated molecular and cellular lesions: e.g. familial and congenital disease; pathogenic infection; immuno- and nutritional pathology; uncontrolled local and systemic responses to injury (trauma); modes of cell death; neoplasia, hyperplasia, hypertrophy; the effects of stress.  Primary, secondary and iatrogenic conditions; ageing processes and disease. Idiopathic states.
The use of a range of diagnostic techniques in the investigation of disease at a molecular and cellular level.  Quality systems.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Information pertaining to the subject matter will be presented through an integrated programme of lectures and supporting exercises, together with some use of a problem-based learning approach and the guided use of student-centred learning resources.  Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework.  Student centred assignments will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge, and develop subject specific skills and competence.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Appreciate differences in the incidence of major diseases and in the causes of death and distinguish general causes of disease from pathogenesis and its functional effects.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of normal cell and tissue types, and describe how molecular and cellular lesions might lead to named disease states and show an understanding of diagnostic techniques and quality control in molecular and cellular pathology in the reflective learning log and written assignment.
3. Research, evaluate, and discuss key issues within the subject area and communicate the results in a cogent and balanced manner.


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