Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Steven Petratos


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 be able to:

  1. Define the cellular and molecular pathology associated with important diseases of the cardiovascular, nervous, haematopoietic, renal, female and male genital systems;

  1. Describe examples of the clinical presentation, treatment and course of disease for each organ system;

  1. Evaluate and interpret diagnostic and experimental data in order to distinguish between normal and pathological tissues;

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

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


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