Consequences of Human Disease

Subject PATH30003 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: 36 lectures (3 per week)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours (10 hours per week)


B. Science students:

Study Period Commencement:
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B. Biomedicine students:

Study Period Commencement:
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Recommended Background Knowledge:

Pathology and Biochemistry

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Vicki Lawson


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Dr Vicki Lawson

Dr Theo Mantamadiotis

Administrative Coordinator

Ms Lesley Robinson

Subject Overview:

Consequences of Human Disease:

Following on from Mechanisms of Human Disease in Semester 1, the emphasis of this subject is to enhance the theoretical understanding of the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of disease. Students will develop an understanding of the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of disease processes in lectures that take an integrated approach, delivered by lecturers with research expertise in major diseases affecting society (immunopathology, cancer, neuropathology, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, infectious diseases) and medical genetics.

From the lectures, students will understand the important relationship between basic research and the investigation of complex diseases and how research discoveries can contribute to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease.

Science and Biomedicine students intending to take a major in Pathology are required to enroll in PATH30003 (this subject), PATH30001 and PATH30002.

Biomedicine students intending to take the Defence & Disease major MUST consult the Major Information Booklet.


Students will develop an understanding of complex disease processes and how this understanding can be used for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of major diseases affecting society.

  • Two multiple choice question tests in Week 7 and Week 10 (20% each);
  • A 3 hour written examination in the examination period (60%).
Prescribed Texts:

Kumar V. et al., Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, latest edition, Saunders Elsevier.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

At the end of this subject students should have consolidated the following skills:

• the ability to understand and link complex overlapping and related ideas.
• the ability to source, organise, read and understand reference material which covers a wide range of related and diverse topics about disease.
• the ability to ask questions about complex processes which are currently under active investigation.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biotechnology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Defence and Disease
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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