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HSC2301 - Processes of disease

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Ralph Arwas


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


Processes of disease will be presented in the form of case studies, in which an analysis of the disease process will lead to an understanding of the presentation, and opportunities for management, of that disease.
The major areas of study are: Disease at the cellular level, Cardiovascular disease, Respiratory disease, Cerebrovascular disease, Neoplastic disease, Renal disease, Disorders of the digestive tract, Liver disease, Endocrine disease, Genetic disease, and Bone and joint disorders.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the major causes of cell damage and responses to such damage;
  2. explain how cell, organ and whole-body functions are affected by various disease processes;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of pathological processes in selected genetic diseases, and explain the modes of inheritance of those diseases;
  4. develop skills in the observation, presentation and critical evaluation of clinical data; and
  5. relate the above accounts of disease processes to the presentation of relevant diseases, and discuss rationales for their management.


Examination (2 hours): 60%
Online tests (3): 15%
Laboratory work (3): 25%

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorial or 2 hours laboratory - alternating. Average 4.5 hours per week


HSC1301 and HSC1302 or HSC1062


NUR2303, NUR2304 and NUR3305