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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the pathophysiology underlying human disease processes with an emphasis on cell injury, adaptation and death, genetic and congenital disorders, microbiological and immunologic factors, and neoplasia. Physiological pathology of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, and renal systems are foci of this unit

Unit content

Topic 1: Cell adaptation, injury and death

Topic 2: Genetic and congenital disorders

Topic 3: Neoplasia

Topic 4: Disorders of the gastrointestinal system

Topic 5: Disorders of the hepatobiliary system

Topic 6: Disorders of the respiratory system

Topic 7: Disorders of the endocrine system

Topic 8:Disorders of the cardiovascular system

Topic 9: Disorders of the musculoskeletal system

Topic 10: Disorders of the renal 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 various normal adaptive processes and in abnormal or disease processes Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
2 describe selected genetic and congenital disorders Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 explain neoplasia and its role in carcinogenesis, using specific examples Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 describe the pathophysiology of selected disease states of the gastrointestinal system, the respiratory system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system and the renal system Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

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

  1. describe cellular changes that occur in various normal adaptive processes and in abnormal or disease processes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. describe selected genetic and congenital disorders
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. explain neoplasia and its role in carcinogenesis, using specific examples
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. describe the pathophysiology of selected disease states of the gastrointestinal system, the respiratory system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system and the renal system
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning