Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Microbiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory university-level module in cell biology such as
    LS4001 or similar

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The module discusses cellular mechanisms of disease. In addition it considers the role of
    cellular pathology in the context of other pathology disciplines such as clinical pathology.
    Particular emphasis is given to laboratory aspects of cellular injury and their application
    in routine diagnosis.

    Autumn Semester content summary: Pathogenesis and structural/functional changes
    which take place in tissues/organs in diseases.

    Spring Semester content summary: Applications of light and electron microscopy in the
    diagnosis of disease. Study Histochemical techniques, image analysis, and applications
    of cytological methods for population screening and disease diagnosis.

    Topics covered may include:
    ? Pathogenesis of cell injury: Morphological features of cell injury, acute cellular
    oedema, fatty change, storage diseases, necrosis and apoptosis. Genetic and
    acquired disease, inflammation and cancer.
    ? Definition of epidemiology, its role in public health, application of basic statistical
    methods in epidemiology.
    ? Review of histological and cytological methods, including sources and types of
    specimen, tissue treatments and processing and staining. Applications of light
    and electron microscopes in disease diagnosis.
    ? Histochemistry and immunocytochemistry and its use in diagnostic pathology.
    ? Image capture, image processing and image analysis techniques and their use in
    cellular pathology including quantification and histomorphometry.
    ? Diagnostic cytopathology - including gynaecological cytology (screening and
    disease diagnosis), non-gynaecological cytology, and fine needle aspirates.

    Teaching: Lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical sessions

    ? 2 hour Exam (60%)
    ? Practical: Group poster presentation (20%) and a laboratory practical assessment
    STUDY OPTION 2 or 3:
    ? Coursework (40%)
    ? Written exam (60%)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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