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Unit description

Introduces students to the pathophysiology underlying human disease processes with an emphasis on cell injury, adaptation and death, genetic and congenital disorders, microbiological and immunologic factors, and neoplasia. Physiological pathology of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal and renal systems are foci of this unit

Unit content

  • Cell adaptation, injury and death
  • Genetic and congenital disorders
  • Neoplasia
  • Disorders of the:
    • Gastrointestinal system
    • Hepatobiliary system
    • Respiratory system
    • Endocrine system
    • Musculoskeletal system 
    • Nervous system 
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Renal 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe cellular changes that occur in various normal adaptive processes and in abnormal or disease processesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2describe selected genetic and congenital disordersIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3explain neoplasia and its role in carcinogenesis, using specific examplesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4describe the pathophysiology of selected disease states of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, endocrine, cardiovascular, nervous, musculoskeletal and renal systemsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe cellular changes that occur in various normal adaptive processes and in abnormal or disease processes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. describe selected genetic and congenital disorders
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. explain neoplasia and its role in carcinogenesis, using specific examples
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. describe the pathophysiology of selected disease states of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, endocrine, cardiovascular, nervous, musculoskeletal and renal systems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Weekly online quizzes. Minimum of two mandatory. Best two results recorded20%
Exam: closed book30%
Exam: closed book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Weekly online quizzes. Minimum of two mandatory. Best two results recorded20%
Exam: closed book30%
Exam: closed book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Weekly online quizzes. Minimum of two mandatory. Best two results recorded20%
Exam: closed book30%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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