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Pathobiology (8797.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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This unit introduces students to the mechanisms and characteristics of the major categories of disease. The study begins at the cellular level with examination of cellular adaptations, reversible cell injury and cell death. This is followed by examination of local and systemic responses to cell and tissue injury. Genetic factors in disease as well as neoplasia will also be considered. The unit concludes with discussion of examples of diseases of specific organs/organ systems to illustrate how fundamental cellular and tissue responses to pathologic stimuli affect these specialised organs or organ systems.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and processes underlying major groups of disease;

2. Apply this knowledge in the analysis of specific diseases discussed in the unit; and

3. Think and write logically, critically and independently.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Five hours per week.


6532 Human Physiology and the Lifecycle OR 6530 Biochemistry.



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

This unit is not open to students who have passed 6519 Pathbiology.

Equivalent Units


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