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SURG5039: Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1

Breast surgery requires a thorough knowledge of the science and management of malignant breast disease and this unit of study is aimed at post-fellowship training (PFT) candidates committed to a career in breast surgery. You will focus on principles of oncoplastic breast surgery techniques used to extend the role of breast conservation and improve the aesthetics of breast conservation surgery. Techniques of volume displacement, mammoplasty, volume replacement, symmetry procedures and good mastectomy technique are covered. You will develop your clinical judgement regarding the use of different techniques and how they are integrated with the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer.


Academic unit Surgery
Unit code SURG5039
Unit name Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Online
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Andrew Spillane,
Administrative staff Education Design and Delivery Officer:
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Clinical case discussion
Online post contributions
20% Multiple weeks 500 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case study reports
50% Multiple weeks 1000 words per case
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Assignment Short essays
20% Multiple weeks 600 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7 LO9 LO10 LO11
Assignment Case report
10% Week 11 Unit coordinator to advise
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
  • Case study reports: The case study reports are designed to help students apply the knowledge they have gained in SURG5037, SURG5038 and the learning material that is presented in SURG5039 by the time assignments are submitted. There will be 3 case study reports. In each report, students will be presented with 3 cases and asked to plan the breast cancer surgery of each patient.
  • Short essays: The short essays are designed to help students synthesise and apply the knowledge they have gained in SURG5037, SURG5038 and the learning material that is presented in SURG5039 by the time assignments are submitted. There will be 2 short essays. Essays must be properly referenced.
  • Clinical case discussion: The discussions are designed to help students understand and apply the knowledge gained in
    SURG5037, SURG5038 and the learning material that has been presented in SURG5039 by the time assignments are submitted.  In these discussions, students will be asked to respond to the questions posed. There are 2 clinical case discussions at the end of Module 11 and Module 12. Students are required to post a response to each case discussion. Answers should be around 500 words (excluding references). Once submitted, students will have access to other students’ answers and will be required to prepare a 100 word comment to another students’ answer.
  • Case report

Detailed information for each assesment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please note, for this unit of study (SURG5039) the late submission penalty will be 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date for 5 calendar days only. This is to ensure that timely feedback is provided to students. If the assessment is submitted more than 5 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1: history of oncoplastic surgery and appraisal of the breast Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 2: oncoplastic breast conservation - patient selection and role of NACT Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 3: oncoplastic breast conservation - glandularity & quadrant assessment and level 1 OBS options Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 4: mammoplasty 1 - wise pattern techniques Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 5: mammoplasty 2 - other mammoplasty procedures Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 6: mammoplasty 3 - melon slice procedure and Grisotti flap Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 7: indications for volume replacement perforator flap Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 8: risk reducing surgery and contralateral prophylactic mastectomy Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 9: complex case discussions Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 10: salvaging poor breast conserving results Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 11: a MDT approach to case selection - radiology, pathology and surgical considerations Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 12: difficult case series and oncoplastic considerations Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 13: nipple sparing and skin sparing mastectomy Online class (10 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Provide participants with a clear understanding of how to appraise the breast and patients who are suitable for Breast conservation in A-C cup breast with minimal ptosis
  • LO2. Provide participants with a clear understanding of how to assess the breast and tumour phenotype and how this can be applied with modern oncological treatments to aid breast conservation
  • LO3. Enable candidates to review breast imaging to assess glandularity and its application to breast conservation techniques
  • LO4. Enable participants to analyse and predict potential post-operative deformities from breast conservation surgery
  • LO5. Enable participants to critique the use of advanced level 1 techniques including tennis racquet, Round Block (Benelli), V advancement and Batwing
  • LO6. Enable participants to assess, plan and select suitable patients for Reduction mammoplasty techniques
  • LO7. Provide participants with a clear understanding of the reduction mammoplasty pedicles, blood supply and applicability for breast conservation
  • LO8. Enable participants to describe reduction mammoplasty techniques and identify critical steps to avoid complications
  • LO9. Enable participants to identify suitable breast phenotypes and steps involved in rotation flaps - Grisotti, Melon Slice
  • LO10. Enable participants to identify suitable breast phenotypes and steps involved in Perforator Flaps - TDAP - AICAP - SAAP - LICAP
  • LO11. Provide participants with a clear understanding of the role of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM) and risk reducing surgery

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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