Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major

This discipline concerns the testing, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of human disease. As a diagnostic specialty, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be considered the basis of modern scientific medical knowledge and plays a critical role in evidence-based medicine. This major will provide you with a thorough understanding of the scientific basis of diagnosing, treating and preventing human disease, as well as an appreciation of how medical research forms new insights into disease every day.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) describe the fundamental processes of cell injury, inflammation, repair and regeneration, immunopathology and neoplasia and understand their role in the initiation, perpetuation and resolution of human disease; (2) understand the influence of development, genetics, environment and infectious organisms on human disease processes; and (3) integrate and apply the principles of pathology and laboratory medicine to a wide array of human diseases, including those of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the liver and gastrointestinal tract, the kidney and reproductive tract, the immune and endocrine systems, the neuromuscular system and the nervous system.

Degree-specific major

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites:
ATAR Chemistry, WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
or
equivalent
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
(Human Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology;
or
IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR
or
equivalent
or
a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004
Complementary units
Student with WACE Chemistry, take only BIOL1130.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
S1 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent
or
more) in Chemistry ATAR
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry,
or
equivalent.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Incompatibility:
PATH2202 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and
PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease completed prior to 2013
S2 PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Prerequisites:
six points of ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human; BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology; SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease,
or
PATH2299 Special Unit: Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Complementary units
Take complementary units to the value of 12 points:

Note: The choice of complementary units in this sequence is an approved exception to Rule 5(6) of the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell and (CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
or
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity)
Incompatibility:
BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell, SCIE2225 Molecular Biology
S2 MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
and
one of BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Incompatibility:
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2205 General and Applied Microbiology
S1 PATH2211 Molecular Medicine
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MICR3305 Immunobiology and Immune Diseases
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology;
or
PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and
PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility:
MICR3340 Infections and Immunity
and
PATH3307 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine I.
S1 PATH3305 Medical Genetics
Prerequisites:
completion of Level 2 of a major in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical Science
or
Genetics; for pre-2012 courses: GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
and
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Incompatibility:
GENE3320 Medical Genetics
S2 PATH3308 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine II
Prerequisites:
completion of Level 2 of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major
or
Biomedical Science major
Incompatibility:
PATH3311 Biotherapeutics and Regenerative Medicine (heritage unit), PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S2 PATH3309 Cancer Pathology
Prerequisites:
for pre-2012 courses: 12 points from ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems, BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell, BIOC2202 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function, GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics, MICR2203 Introductory Immunology, MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology, MICR2206 Epidemiology and Infection, PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility:
PATH3302 Cancer Pathology

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-PLMED

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-PLMED-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites:
ATAR Chemistry, WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
or
equivalent
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Prerequisites:
(Human Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
Biology: ATAR
or
equivalent;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology;
or
IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR
or
equivalent
or
a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Incompatibility:
PATH2202 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and
PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease completed prior to 2013
S2 PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Prerequisites:
six points of ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human; BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology); BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology; SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease,
or
PATH2299 Special Unit: Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MICR3305 Immunobiology and Immune Diseases
Prerequisites:
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology,
and
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology;
or
PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and
PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility:
MICR3340 Infections and Immunity
and
PATH3307 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine I.
S1 PATH3305 Medical Genetics
Prerequisites:
completion of Level 2 of a major in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical Science
or
Genetics; for pre-2012 courses: GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
and
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Incompatibility:
GENE3320 Medical Genetics
S2 PATH3308 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine II
Prerequisites:
completion of Level 2 of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major
or
Biomedical Science major
Incompatibility:
PATH3311 Biotherapeutics and Regenerative Medicine (heritage unit), PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S2 PATH3309 Cancer Pathology
Prerequisites:
for pre-2012 courses: 12 points from ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems, BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell, BIOC2202 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function, GENE3330 Molecular Genetics and Genomics, MICR2203 Introductory Immunology, MICR2204 Introductory Microbiology, MICR2206 Epidemiology and Infection, PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility:
PATH3302 Cancer Pathology

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-PLMED

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine can also be taken as a degree-specific major.