RAD2004 - Pathophysiology for medical radiation science 1 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew N Davies


Dr Andrew N Davies

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


RTS2101,RAD2005, RAD2002, M2013, M20024


This unit is the first of two which provide an introduction to the principles of pathology and extends foundational knowledge of human physiology developed in year one of the course.

The unit introduces students to the principles of pathology followed by an analysis of a range of common pathophysiological conditions affecting the musculo-skeletal and respiratory systems.

The unit will enable students to recognise common pathologies affecting the musculo-skeletal and respiratory systems as displayed on medical images.

Using their prior knowledge of human embryology, the unit will also include a consideration of a range of congenital disorders.


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

  1. Discuss basic principles of pathology including cell response to stress, inflammation, infection neoplasia and multifocal disease as well as environmental and nutritional influences
  2. Describe important stages in embryonic development and correlate how disruptions in these processes can result in congenital abnormalities
  3. Apply principles of pathophysiology to the disease processes that occur in the musculo-skeletal system
  4. Apply principles of pathophysiology to the disease processes that occur in the respiratory system
  5. Identify pathologies of the musculo-skeletal and respiratory systems on a range of medical images


  • Invigilated mid-semester test (1 hour) (20%)
  • iSAP case (2,500 words) (25%)
  • Group work poster presentation (15%)
  • End of semester exam (2 hours) (40%)

Hurdle requirement

  1. 80% attendance at tutorials to foster a professional approach to attendance and to facilitate group work.
  2. Students must pass each element of assessment to pass the unit, which means that students will have to put the same amount of effort into all assessments elements.

Workload requirements

1 hour lecture, and a 2 hour tutorial per week, 9 hours of self-directed interaction with Moodle based tasks, readings and activities per week and online support sessions.

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