HUP3011 - Human pathology 1: Understanding disease processes - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Dr Steven Petratos


Dr Simon Royce

Not offered in 2018


IMM2011, IMM2022, and either MCB2011 or MOL2011; or BMS1062 and BMS2011 and BMS2052


HUP3011 introduces students to basic pathology, i.e. molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease and how diseases are characterized and progress. Topics include cellular pathology and inflammation, immunopathology and infectious disease, genetic disease and neoplasia, blood and haemodynamic disorders, obesity and diabetes. 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 general 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;
  2. Define the cellular and molecular changes associated with inflammatory, immunological, haematological, neoplastic disorders and infectious diseases;
  3. Examine and interpret experimental and diagnostic data and samples;
  4. Provide examples of innovative technologies used to identify and study human disease;
  5. 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%

Examination (2 hours): 50% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

  • Two lectures and one 2-hour practical or tutorial class per week
  • 6 hours of teacher-directed learning including lectorials, workshops, pre-learning and post-learning modules
  • 6 hours of self-directed learning including private study, reading published studies, reference material and textbooks

Total hours per week = 12 hours

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