HUP3011 - Human pathology 1: Understanding disease processes - 2019

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


Professor Robyn Slattery

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


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


HUP3011 introduces you to general pathology, i.e. the molecular and cellular mechanisms of human disease, their classification and progression. A broad range of topics is discussed including cellular pathology and inflammation, immunopathology and infectious disease, neoplasia, blood disorders, haemodynamic disorders, obesity and diabetes. Principles are illustrated by reference to specific diseases. This approach will provide you with an understanding of general pathology and an appreciation of the causes and progress of human diseases. This unit gives you a strong knowledge base in human pathology before moving on to study diseases in organ systems, outlined in HUP3022.


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

  1. Examine and explain the basic pathological processes involved in the development of diseases, and the impact of acute and chronic stimuli on normal tissue function;
  2. Identify and distinguish the cellular and molecular changes associated with tissue injury, and with, immunological, infectious, neoplastic, haematological and metabolic diseases;
  3. Analyse and interpret pathology data in order to differentiate between different disease processes;
  4. Identify and assess key diagnostic technologies used to study human disease;
  5. Critically evaluate advanced diagnostic tools for their potential to differentiate between disease processes.


Multiple choice and extended matching questions: 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

  • 2 hours of online lectures (recorded and/or interactive) per week (compulsory)
  • 2 hours of workshops or practicals per week (compulsory)
  • 2 hours of face-to-face 'lecture reflection' tutorials per week (optional)
  • 6 hours of teacher-directed learning per week including lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals (see above), pre-learning and post-learning modules
  • 6 hours of self-directed learning per week including private study, reading published studies, reference material and textbooks.

Total hours per week = 12 hours

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