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, and renal systems are foci of this unit

Unit content

Topic 1: Cell adaptation, injury and death

Topic 2: Genetic and congenital disorders

Topic 3: Neoplasia

Topic 4: Disorders of the gastrointestinal system

Topic 5: Disorders of the hepatobiliary system

Topic 6: Disorders of the respiratory system

Topic 7: Disorders of the endocrine system

Topic 8:Disorders of the cardiovascular system

Topic 9: Disorders of the musculoskeletal system

Topic 10: Disorders of the 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Newest version is preferred: Sheila Grossman , 2013, Porth's Pathophysiology Concepts of Altered Health States. ISBN: 9781451146004.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Lecture online 3 hours (2 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (5 weeks)
Online quizzes20%
Exam: closed book20%
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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