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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simone Schoenwaelder and Associate Professor Jennifer Rolland


This unit will adopt a systematic approach to the study of pathology. Organ systems will be addressed in turn including the important diseases in each. These will include ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, leukaemia, carcinomas of the breast, lung and colon, inflammatory diseases of the lung, kidney and liver, and sexually transmitted diseases. The aetiology, clinical presentation, treatment and course of the diseases will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on molecular and genetic aspects of disease pathogenesis. Laboratory investigations will be presented to provide an integrated approach to the diagnosis of specific diseases.


On completion of this unit students will have developed: an understanding of the cellular and molecular pathology associated with important diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, haematopoietic, female and male genital systems; diagnostic skills and skills in problem solving relating to specific diseases and be able to relate these to the clinical presentation; analytic and interpretative skills through literature review and report compilation for selected topics.


Multiple choice question examination: 15%
Project assignment: 15%
Practical class assessment: 20% End-of-semester examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Simone Schoenwaelder

Contact hours

Two 1 hour lectures and one 2 hour practical class per week


HUP3011; or a combination of MOL2011 or BMS1062 and one of DEV2022 or BMS2011