HUP3022 - Human pathology 2: Pathology of human diseases - 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)

Professor Robyn Slattery


Dr Steven Petratos

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


HUP3011, 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 human pathology. Organ systems will be addressed in turn including the important diseases in each. These will include blood cancers, ischaemic heart disease, stroke, diabetes, malignancies of the breast, diseases of the kidney and liver, reproductive diseases, development and degenerative neurological disorders, and diseases of the red blood cells. The aetiology, clinical presentation, treatment and course of the diseases will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on Molecular, genetic and clinical 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. Explain how human pathologies differ from normal organ and physiological systems
  2. Analyse and evaluate clinical and pathological data for a range of human disease systems
  3. Apply clinical and pathological knowledge to determine a diagnosis
  4. Distinguish between different human pathologies affecting the tissue structures in major organ systems
  5. Categorise and compare different human pathologies based on diagnostic molecular markers and/or biomarkers.


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.

Multiple choice question examination: 15%

Project assignment: 15%

Practical class assessment: 20% (Hurdle)

Examination (2 hours and 10 minutes): 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
  • 2 hours of workshops or practicals per week (80% attendance compulsory)
  • 2 hours of face-to face 'lecture reflection' tutorials per week (optional)
  • 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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