PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1QEII Medical CentreFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major sequence
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.
Students are able to (1) describe the mechanisms of cellular injury, inflammation & immunity, tissue pathology and neoplasia and explain their role in human diseases; (2) demonstrate understanding of the classification, principals of diagnosis and treatment of major human diseases; (3) demonstrate methodological skills to identify and interpret evidence of pathological features in cells and tissues; and (4) demonstrate skills in synthesis, critique and presentation of selected topics.
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)
Winthrop Professor Jiake Xu and Dr Sonia Fernandez
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
Completion of Level 1 of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major
PATH2202 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
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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