Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Davies


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.


Upon successful 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 (5% each x 2) (10%)
Laboratory/tutorial work x 5 (30%)

Chief examiner(s)


HSC1101 and HSC1102, or BMA1901 and one of BMA1902 or BMA1912.


BMS2011, BMS2031, PHY2021 or PHY2032.