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Integrated Studies of Disease (6517.6)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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This unit aims to utilize a problem-based learning approach to studying and communicating about disease. The unit will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to research, evaluate, analyse, synthesise and present complex scientific information on a range of disease states. The unit will focus on selected broad disease states, with an emphasis on integrated disease processes. The unit will consider, among others, epidemiology, pathobiology, diagnostics and commonly used treatments for these disease conditions.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand the aetiology and pathogenesis of specific diseases;

2. Distinguish between disease signs and symptoms and appreciate the complexity in diagnosing disease on the basis of signs and symptoms;

3. Describe analytical procedures used to identify these diseases;

4. Describe the commonly used treatments for these diseases and, where appropriate, their pharmacokinetic profiles;

5. Evaluate and analyse clinical case studies and appreciate the ethical implications;

6. Analyse, synthesise and evaluate current research literature; and

7. Integrate the knowledge gained in prior core biomedical science units to fully comprehend the complexity of disease states and processes, clinical diagnosis and treatment.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 2 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial per week.


6530 Biochemistry and 8797 Pathobiology.



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