HUP3820 - Principles of pathology 2 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science


Associate Professor Song Keang Peng

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit will introduce students to various aspects of anatomical pathology (histology and cytology), medical parasitology and entomology, and their importance in medical sciences. The unit focuses on general principles and pathophysiological processes in the human body. The lectures and practical materials emphasize applied and practical aspects of the topics which will include the following:

Anatomical pathology and Cytology which include common cytological problems of gynaecological and non gynaecological nature, acute and chronic inflammation, healing and repair, circulatory disorders as well as hyperplasia and neoplasia;

Medical Parasitology and Entomology will include protozoology, helminthology and arthropods together with basic knowledge of the life cycles and human diseases borne by insects and arachnids found in the Malaysian region.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the causes and clinical effects of diseases eg. cytological problems associated with gynaecological and non-gynaecological abnormalities, circulatory disorders and disorders of growth such as hyperplasia and neoplasia;
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of some parasitic diseases borne by insects and arachnids found in the Malaysian region and understand their life cycles;
  3. Identify important parasites and vectors in various parasitic diseases;
  4. Process tissues, slides and specimens including sputum and other body fluids, and prepare Papanicolaou (cervical) smears for diagnosis;
  5. Interpret and critically analyse laboratory results in order to distinguish between normal and pathological specimens;
  6. Demonstrate capacity to work effectively as part of a team in a medical laboratory;
  7. Be aware of OHS issues and demonstrate application of safe practices in a medical/clinical diagnostic laboratory;
  8. Communicate scientific information via written reports.


Assignment: 10%

Mid-semester test: 10%

Practical reports: 30%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour practical class and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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Chief examiner(s)


Six points of level one Biology, ANT1800, BTH2741, and BTH2752