HUP3022 - Human pathology 2: Pathology of human diseases - 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 Mark Guthridge


Dr Mark Guthridge

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


HUP3011Not offered in 2018, or a combination of MOL2011 or MCB2011 or BMS1062 and one of DEV2022 or BMS2011


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 blood diseases including blood cancers, diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, obesity, malignancies of the breast, lung and colon, inflammatory diseases of the lung, kidney and liver, reproductive diseases, degenerative neurological disorders, stroke. The aetiology, clinical presentation, treatment and course of the disease 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret and explain how human pathologies differ from normal cellular, organ and physiological systems.
  2. Analyse and evaluate clinical data for a range of human diseases and determine a diagnosis and prognosis in the context of current clinical management plans.
  3. Compare and distinguish between different human pathologies affecting the same/similar cells and tissue structures in major organ systems.
  4. Categorize and compare different human pathologies based on diagnostic molecular markers and/or biomarkers.
  5. Formulate a diagnosis for a specific human disease based on a patient's clinical notes and their pathology test results and justify the conclusions.


Multiple choice question examination: 15%

Project assignment: 15%

Practical class assessment: 20% (Hurdle)

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 class per week
  • One 1--hour Integrative Pathlab every month
  • One 2-hour 'wet'-Pathlab
  • One tutorial class every month

6 hours of teacher-directed learning per week including lectorials, workshops, pre-learning and post-learning modules.

6 hours of self-directed learning per week including private study, reading published studies, reference material and text books.

Total hours per week = 12 hours

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