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 pathology including cell injury, inflammation, repair, regeneration, immunopathology and neoplasia; (2) describe how the fundamental processes of pathology contribute to the initiation, perpetuation and resolution of human disease; (3) describe the influence of development, genetics, environment and infectious organisms on human disease processes; and (4) integrate and apply the principles of pathology and laboratory medicine to a wide array of human diseases, including those of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, nervous, neuromuscular, immune and endocrine systems.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Student who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Chemistry or equivalent, are required to successfully complete CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry in their first 48 points of study in their course.
Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, will need to successfully complete MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals in their first 48 points of study in their course.
Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Human Biology or ATAR Biology or equivalent will need to successfully complete ANHB1101 Human Biology I or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology or IMED1101 Form and Function in their first 48 points of study in their course.

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

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Human Biology or ATAR Biology or equivalent will need to take ANHB1101, BIOL11030 or IMED1001 in their first semester to meet prerequisties for SCIE1106. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Chemistry or equivalent will need to take CHEM1003 in first semester to meet prerequisties for SCIE1106:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
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
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry)
Incompatibility:
SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in
or
before 2004
Bridging units
Students are required to take up to three units, 18 points, as required.

Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete CHEM1003 as a prerequisite for SCIE1106. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Biology ATAR or Human Biology ATAR equivalent or are required to complete one of ANHB1101 OR BIOL1130 OR IMED1001 as a prerequisite for SCIE1106.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
S1 BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
S1, S2 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.
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major,
or
Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major,
or
Vision Science Major (VISSC),
or
the Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (ENGSC) major
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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)
OR
(IMED1001 Form and Function
AND
IMED1002 The Facts of Life)
Incompatibility:
for pre-2012 courses: MICR2205 General and Applied Microbiology
S1 PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Prerequisites:
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
and
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
OR
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Incompatibility:
PATH2202 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and
PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease completed prior to 2013
S1 PATH2211 Molecular Medicine
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S2 PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Prerequisites:
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
and
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
OR
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Incompatibility:
PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease,
or
PATH2299 Special Unit: Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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 Biotherapeutics and Regenerative Medicine
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:
PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
and
PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility:
PATH3302 Cancer Pathology

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

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. and Bachelor of Science courses, 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 .