Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will examine disorders which may be experienced by individuals over the life-span, emphasising the basic pathological processes that underlie diseases and the risk factors and contributing causes of disorders. Specifically, general pathological processes will be discussed with emphasis on disturbed function, adaptation to injury, inflammation, tissue healing, immunological disorders, neoplasia, fluid imbalance, thrombosis, embolism and vascular disorders. In addition to general pathological processes, emphasis will be given to relevant disorders of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skeletal and nervous systems. A variety of teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, student directed sessions and discipline-related workshops will be used in this subject.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrian Grills

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB and admission into one of the following courses: HZHPOD, HZHPDW, HZHPDB, HZHPDM, HZHPDS, HZLLPP, HZNDP, HZHSDP, HZHHIM, HZMCHM or coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects HBS3APA, HBS3APB, HBS205

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Enrolment restricted to Podiatry and HIM and Dietetics students only.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings(2012) Robins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (9th Ed)RecommendedKumar, V., Abbas, A.K., & Aster.J.C.ELSEVIER SAUNDERS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. define and give examples of the pathological terms used in this unit.

lectures and workshops

02. describe the causes and complications of common disorders discussed in the unit.

lectures and workshops

03. draw on your knowledge of concepts of pathology processes to evaluate and diagnose problems in clinical settings.

lectures and workshops

04. take basic fundamentals of pathological processes discussed in general pathology and apply these concepts to specific systemic diseases discussed in the #systemic pathology# section of the unit.

lectures and workshops

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrian Grills

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"10 workshops in a study period"

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Eight 1.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"discipline specific workshop"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
five online tests (equivalent to approx 500 words)15 01, 02, 03, 04
one 90 minute written examination40 01, 02, 03, 04
one 60 minute mid-semester test30 01, 02, 03, 04
one discipline specific assessment (equivalent 500 words)15 01, 02, 03, 04