General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 2, Semester 3
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites HMS105: Human Anatomy 2 & Physiology
Academic Details
Description This unit introduces students to pathology. Students will study the causal factors in disease, disease processes and bodily responses. This will include the processes of cell damage and necrosis, inflammation and healing. The causes of genetically determined and acquired diseases will be examined and the roles of physical agents, chemical poisons, nutritional deficiencies, infections and infestations, abnormal immunological responses, and psychological factors will be identified. The common diseases of each bodily system will be examined including aetiological factors, pathogenesis, diagnostic features, prognosis and sequelae. Furthermore, the importance and common topics of environmental pathology will be introduced.
Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the classifications and common causes of human diseases;
  2. Analyse the aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common diseases including the diseases of cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic, urogenital, nervous, integumentary, haematological and endocrine systems, and the disorders of the ear and eye.
  3. Analyse the responses of the body to injury and the role of immunological responses in the disease process.
  4. Analyse the pathogenesis, symptomatology and control of viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal and parasitic diseases.
  5. Analyse the aetiology, pathogenesis and symptomatology of neoplasia, circulatory dysfunction, chromosomal and genetic abnormalities
Unit requirement To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks.
Assessment Assessment 1: Quiz (20%)

Assessment 2: Long Answer Questions (Assignment) (40%)

Assessment 3: Group Presentation (40%)

Prescribed text * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.

Kumar, V., Abbas, A. K., Aster, J. C. (2017). Robbins Basic Pathology (10th ed.). Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders

Recommended readings Damjanov, I (2009).Pathology secrets (3rded.). Philadelphia, PA: Mosby/Elsevier.

Vardaxis, N. J. (2010). A textbook of pathology (2nd ed.). Sydney: Mosby Elsevier.

World Health Organization (WHO). (2014). World Cancer Report 2014  Retrieved 05/02/2016, from

The Lancet. (2015). Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2013  Retrieved 05/02/2016, from


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