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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 cardiovascular, renal, reproductive, musculoskeletal and nervous 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: Disorders of the heamatopoietic, cardiac, and vascular systems
Topic 2: Disorders of the nervous system
Topic 3: Disorders of the musculoskeletal system
Topic 4: Disorders of the renal system
Topic 5: Disorders of the male and female reproductive systems
Topic 6: Sexually transmitted disorders

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 contrast cellular changes that occur in normal adaptive processes to selected abnormal or disease processes Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 explain features of inheritance, gene expression and genetic changes for selected genetic and congenital disorders Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 describe selected neoplasms with respect to their type, risk factors for development, and signs and symptoms Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders to normal anatomy and physiology Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 justify a diagnosis for selected cases based on differences in clinical presentations 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 critically analyse specific patient presentations, with emphasis on identifying safety concerns. 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. contrast cellular changes that occur in normal adaptive processes to selected abnormal or disease processes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain features of inheritance, gene expression and genetic changes for selected genetic and congenital disorders
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. describe selected neoplasms with respect to their type, risk factors for development, and signs and symptoms
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. contrast the mechanical, physiological and biochemical changes found in selected disorders to normal anatomy and physiology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. justify a diagnosis for selected cases based on differences in clinical presentations
    • 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. critically analyse specific patient presentations, with emphasis on identifying safety concerns.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.