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HUP3011 - Human pathology 1: understanding disease processes

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor John Maynard


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


The unit will introduce students to basic pathological processes, with particular reference to cell death, inflammation, disorders of immunity and neoplasia. Mechanisms for these processes will be addressed, including their role in host response to injury, how these processes are modified in particular diseases, and how these processes themselves may cause disease when normal regulatory controls are lost. Principles will be illustrated by reference to specific diseases but will be applicable across all systems. This approach will provide students with an understanding of the language of pathology and an appreciation of the causes and natural progress of human diseases.


On completion of this unit students will have developed: an understanding of basic pathologic processes; skills in microscopy and a knowledge of key histology staining techniques; diagnostic skills and skills in problem solving through the study of normal tissue histology and the morphologic changes associated with inflammatory, immunological, vascular and neoplastic disorders; analytic and interpretative skills through literature review and report compilation for selected topics.


Multiple choice question examination: 20%
Project assignment: 20%
Practical class assessment: 10%
End of semester examination: 50%

Contact hours

Two lectures and One 2-hour practical classes per week


BIO1011 or BIO1022 or BIO1042 recommended, ANT2321 strongly recommended.