HSC1300 - Human health and disease - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Dragan Ilic


Dr Md Nazmul Karim

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree


This unit provides an introduction to the course of disease for common health conditions, and their impact on individuals and populations.

The unit outlines different types of disease, and explores common diseases from pathophysiological, psychosocial, and epidemiological perspectives. The course of disease, and contributing and risk factors at the individual and social levels are explored, as well as the consequences for individuals, health systems, and society.

Particular conditions considered will vary but will include diseases across the communicable, non-communicable, acute, chronic and degenerative conditions.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Explain the biological basis of selected human health and disease.
  2. Describe the pathophysiology and course of disease for selected human diseases.
  3. Identify the social and individual factors contributing to selected human disease.
  4. Explain the consequences of selected human diseases for health systems, society and epidemiology.
  5. Critically appraise a current topic in human health and disease using relevant, high quality sources.
  6. Develop organisational and communication skills in a small team environment.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Group presentation oral (15 minutes) (10%)
  • Two online quizzes (30 minutes each) (5% + 5%=10%)
  • Group work research portfolio (35%) comprising of: Online checklist (5%), 15 minutes oral presentation & 1-page topic summary (10%), 2,500 words report (20%)
  • Mid-semester test 1 hour (10%)
  • Final examination 2 hours (35%)

Hurdle Requirement:

  • 80% attendance at tutorials
  • 80% participation in online tasks.

Workload requirements

1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

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