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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides an overview of the pathophysiology of various disease states of the immune, integumentary, gastrointestinal, respiratory and endocrine systems. Places a focus on understanding disease processes from the cellular level through to the levels of organ and system emphasising microbiological and pharmacological principles, which underlie many treatment regimes.

Unit content

Topic 1: Cell adaptation, injury and death
Topic 2: Infectious disease, inflammatory and immune responses
Topic 3: Genetic and congenital disorders
Topic 4: Neoplasia
Topic 5: Disorders of the gastrointestinal system
Topic 6: Disorders of the hepatobiliary system
Topic 7: Disorders of the respiratory system
Topic 8: Disorders of the endocrine system
Topic 9: Diabetes and the metabolic system

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Describe cellular changes that occur in normal adaptive processes and in selected abnormal or disease processes. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 Describe the different types of microorganisms and the mechanisms by which they cause infectious disease. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 Explain features of inheritance, gene expression and genetic changes for selected genetic and congenital disorders Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 Describe selected neoplasms with respect to their type, risk factors for development, and signs and symptoms. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 Contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders to normal anatomy and physiology. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
6 Critically analyse selected pharmaceutical and natural therapies with respect to their safety and efficacy. Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
7 Distinguish the differences in the clinical presentation of selected similar disorders. Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe cellular changes that occur in normal adaptive processes and in selected abnormal or disease processes.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Describe the different types of microorganisms and the mechanisms by which they cause infectious disease.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Explain features of inheritance, gene expression and genetic changes for selected genetic and congenital disorders
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Describe selected neoplasms with respect to their type, risk factors for development, and signs and symptoms.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders to normal anatomy and physiology.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. Critically analyse selected pharmaceutical and natural therapies with respect to their safety and efficacy.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. Distinguish the differences in the clinical presentation of selected similar disorders.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Porth, CM, 2014, Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 9th edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.