HUP3810 - Principles of pathology 1 - 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.



Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chow Sek Chuen


Dr Juwaini Abu Bakar

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


BTH2741 or BCH2011, BTH2752, and six points of level two Physiology




This unit will introduce you to two aspects of Pathology - Clinical biochemistry and Haematology - and their importance in medical sciences. The content is broad-based and focuses on general principles and pathophysiological processes in the body. The lecture and practical material emphasises applied and practical aspects of the topics. The unit will include the following:

  1. Clinical biochemistry includes fluid and electrolyte balance, metabolism of vitamins and minerals and diseases due to deficiencies, the role of plasma enzymes in prognosis and diagnosis and some organ functions and diseases;
  2. Haematology - involves the anaemias, leukaemias, myeloproliferative and bleeding disorders together with platelet disorders and coagulation as well as the principles of blood banking and blood transfusion. Haematological and physiological changes in pregnancy and neonatal state will also be included.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how the organs and tissues of a healthy body become diseased;
  2. Demonstrate appreciation of the involvement of metabolic interrelationships in health and disease, including vitamins, micro and macro minerals and also some organ functions;
  3. Explain the biochemical, physiological and immunological processes involved in normal body functions and disturbances that may occur in different diseased states with respect to blood eg. anaemias, leukaemias and some bleeding disorders;
  4. Interpret and critically analyse laboratory results in order to distinguish between normal and pathological specimens;
  5. Demonstrate capacity to work effectively as part of a team in a medical laboratory;
  6. Be aware of OHS issues and demonstrate application of safe practices in a medical/clinical diagnostic laboratory;
  7. Communicate scientific information via written reports.


Assignment: 10%

Mid-semester test: 10%

Practical reports: 30%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

  • Three 1-hour lectures
  • One 3-hour practical class
  • One 1-hour tutorial per week

See also Unit timetable information