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Unit Overview


Pathology is the study of human disease. This unit explores causes and mechanisms underlying human disease. Students are introduced to cellular and molecular changes in immunopathological, infectious, genetic, and neoplastic diseases. The response to disease will be covered, with emphasis on inflammation, adaptation, necrosis and repair. Students will gain knowledge of essential laboratory techniques used in the diagnosis and investigation of human disease.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the processes of cell injury, adaptation, repair and death; (2) explain the processes of inflammation, tissue renewal and repair; (3) describe and classify the different drivers of human disease; (4) apply laboratory methodologies to examine specimens associated with pathology; and (5) interpret, analyse and summarise clinical and laboratory data.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) assignment; and (3) 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
Unit rules
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
and SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Contact hours
lectures: 3 x 45 minute per week
tutorials: 2 hours per week for up to 8 weeks
practical classes: 3 hours per week for up to 4 weeks

Kumar, Vinay, et al. Robbins Basic Pathology. Available from: Elsevier eBooks+, (10th Edition). Elsevier - OHCE, 2017.

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