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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2QEII Medical CentreFace to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sonia Fernandez
Unit rules
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human (ID 1120)
or ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1019)
or SCIX1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965)
and IMED1002 The Facts of Life (ID 5966)
PATH2299 Special Unit: Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
or PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease
Advisable prior study
for pre-2012 courses: SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
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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  • 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.