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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to the scientific basis of human diseases with emphasis on the clinical presentation, prognosis, treatment and underlying mechanisms of diseases affecting human organ systems. Students participate in tutorial and practical classes that demonstrate disease pathology and laboratory techniques used to assess human disease in clinical and research settings. The unit is suitable for students interested in a career in clinical diagnostic laboratories, biomedical research or medicine.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1QEII Medical CentreFace to face

Students are able to (1) describe the mechanisms of cellular injury, immunopathology, tissue pathology and neoplasia; (2) explain the role of cellular injury, immunopathology, tissue pathology and neoplasia in the initiation and perpetuation of major human diseases; (3) apply knowledge of pathological processes to the classification, diagnosis and treatment of major human diseases; (4) apply methodological skills to identify and interpret evidence of pathological features in cells and tissues; and (5) apply skills in synthesis, critique and presentation of pathological processes involved in 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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jacob Kenny (00073926)
Unit rules
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
and SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
and SCIX1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
IMED1001 Form and Function
and IMED1002 The Facts of Life
PATH2202 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
and PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease completed prior to 2013
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
tutorials/practical classes: 2 hours per week

Crowley’s An Introduction to Human Disease (Pathology & Pathophysiology Correlations), 10th Edition by Emily G. Reisner & Howard M. Reisner.


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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.