Basic Principles of Pathology-Science

Subject 531-201 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures (two per week) and 24 hours of practical work (two hours per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Biology 650-141 and 650-142 (prior to 2004: 600-141 and 600-142); chemistry 610-141 and 610-142 (or 610-121 and 610-122).BBiomedSc students: Biology 650-131 and 650-132 (prior to 2004: 600-131 and 600-132); chemistry 610-051 and 610-052.Recommended: anatomy and cell biology 516-201.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr M M Ayers; Dr J R Underwood
Subject Overview:

On completion students should:

  • learn the basic principles of pathology through the study of the causes, mechanisms of development and the possible outcomes of disease;

  • understand the defence and repair processes which are commonly used by the body when a malfunction of a tissue or organ occurs;

  • comprehend the basic terminology of disease and repair mechanisms; and

  • be supported in appreciation of the principles by practical sessions studying microscopic pathological specimens.

The topics covered include cell injury; repair, regeneration and fibrosis; infectious disease; immunopathology; haemo-dynamic disorders; vascular disease; and growth disorders including neoplasia.

Assessment: Two multiple choice question tests during the semester (15% each); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (70%).
Prescribed Texts: Basic Pathology (V Kumar, R S Cotran and S L Robbins), latest edition, W B Saunders Co Essential Pathology (E Rubin and J L Farber), latest edition, J B Libbincott Co Note: Students intending to complete a major in pathology may purchase the larger text: R S Cotran, Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease, latest edition, Saunders. or E Rubin and J L Farber, Pathology, latest edition, Lippincott
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject. This subject will run concurrently with 531-202 (Optometry).

Students are reminded that entry into any of the 300-level pathology subjects requires the subjects biochemistry and molecular biology 521-211, 521-212 and 521-220.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

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