PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreFace to face
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 e-learning 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) understand the ways in which disease is initiated and how disease affects the patient, and principles of diagnosis and treatment and (2) demonstrate skills in synthesis, critique and presentation of selected clinical and laboratory data.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments based on e-learning classes and (2) a two-hour written 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
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
Advisable prior study:
for pre-2012 courses: SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease,
PATH2299 Special Unit: Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; online classes: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]

Book lists are available from the University Co-operative Bookshop and the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.


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