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PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major sequence
This unit provides students with an understanding of human diseases. This includes the clinical presentation, pathogenesis (mechanisms), treatment and prognosis. The unit is suitable for students interested in a career in clinical diagnostic pathology, biomedical research or preparation for postgraduate study. Topics are introduced in a lecture format and specific aspects expanded in tutorial classes. This includes discussion of the process of disease diagnosis and assessment of treatment outcome. The unit gives an overview of disease processes affecting many body systems. Students are taught by pathologists and scientists involved in diagnosis and research.
Students are able to (1) describe the aetiology and pathological processes involved in the initiation of major human diseases; (2) outline the clinical signs and symptoms that are associated with major human diseases; (3) interpret clinical and laboratory data used in diagnosing and monitoring treatment of major human diseases; and (4) apply skills in the synthesis, critique and presentation of selected clinical and laboratory data associated with major human diseases.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment and (2) end of semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sonia Fernandez
Unit rules
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human (ID 1120) And SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019) Or IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965) And IMED1002 The Facts of Life (ID 5966)
Advisable prior study:
for pre-2012 courses: SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Either PATH2299 Special Unit: Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Or PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorial: 2 hours per week

The following textbooks complement the lecture material and will be a valuable educational resource.

Pathology at a Glance – C. Finlayson & B. Newell, 1st Ed. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Immunology at a Glance – J.H.L Playfair and B .M. Chain, 10th Ed. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Haematology at a Glance – A. Mehta and V. Hoffbrand, 4th Ed. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Medical Genetics at a Glance – D.J. Pritchard and B.R. Korf, 3rd Ed. Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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