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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on complex problems relating to human disease. Students are taught by medical practitioners involved in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, and by physician/scientists and scientists engaged in research into disease pathogenesis. The unit includes practical sessions that demonstrate multidisiplinary approaches to research questions and laboratory diagnostic scenarios in areas related to current work performed in Perth. Students apply scientific knowledge and techniques, and engage in scientific problem solving. The unit is suitable for students interested in a career in clinical diagnostic laboratories or biomedical research.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major sequence

Students are able to (1) understand and describe the processes and mechanisms of tissue and organ disease, regeneration and repair; (2) understand and describe how this information can be used to devise therapeutic strategies including organ transplantation, cell therapy and gene therapy, critique these therapies and compare different therapeutic strategies; (3) use scientific evidence to design therapeutic strategies and propose methods to evaluate those therapies; and (4) present scientific proposals for feedback and evaluation in written and oral formats.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) content module tests; (2) continuous assessment (assignments and oral presentation); and (3) final 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 and Associate Professor Nathan Pavlos
Unit rules
PATH2210 Fundamentals of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
and PATH2211 Molecular Medicine
and PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
and MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
PATH3311 Biotherapeutics and Regenerative Medicine (ID 4721)
or PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.