Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Steven Petratos and Associate Professor Robyn Slattery


HUP3011 introduces students to basic pathology, i.e. molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease and how diseases are characterized and progress. Topics include tissue injury and cell death, inflammation, haematopathology, disorders of immunity, disorders of cell growth, neoplasia and pathology of infectious diseases. Mechanisms for pathological processes are reviewed together with how these processes cause disease by overcoming normal regulatory controls. Principles are illustrated by reference to specific diseases. This approach provides students with an understanding of terminologies applicable to pathology and an appreciation of the causes and natural progress of human diseases.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Define the basic pathological processes involved in the development of disease and the impact of pathological changes upon normal tissue function;

  1. Define the cellular and molecular changes associated with inflammatory, immunological, haematological, neoplastic disorders and infectious diseases;

  1. Examine and interpret experimental and diagnostic data and samples;

  1. Provide examples of innovative technologies used to identify and study human disease;

  1. Apply analytic and interpretive skills through review and critical analysis of the literature, and compile a critical report on a chosen topic related to human disease.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two lectures and one 2-hour practical class per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MOL2011 or BMS1062, and one of DEV2022 or BMS2011