Unit description

Provides an overview of the pathophysiology of various disease states of the immune, integumentary, gastrointestinal, respiratory and endocrine systems. Places a focus on understanding disease processes from the cellular level through to the levels of organ and system emphasising microbiological and pharmacological principles, which underlie many treatment regimes.

Unit content

Topic 1: Cell adaptation, injury and death
Topic 2: Infectious disease, inflammatory and immune responses
Topic 3: Genetic and congenital disorders
Topic 4: Neoplasia
Topic 5: Disorders of the gastrointestinal system
Topic 6: Disorders of the hepatobiliary system
Topic 7: Disorders of the respiratory system
Topic 8: Disorders of the endocrine system
Topic 9: Diabetes and the metabolic system

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Porth, CM, 2014, Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 9th edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia. ISBN: 978-1-4511-4600-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site  2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Mid-session Online Test20%
Quiz Online20%
Exam: closed book60%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Mid-session Online Test20%
Quiz Online20%
Exam: closed book60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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