The unit will introduce students to theoretical aspects of integumentary system structure and function, pathophysiology, immunology, cellular damage, allergy, inflammation, wound repair, neoplasia and tissue responses to stress relevant to the practice of Dermal Therapy. The unit will provide important underpinning knowledge that students will require in their practical applications throughout the degree program.

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HBD2102 - Dermal Sciences 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Differentiate between various forms of cellular damage, inflammation and wound healing processes;  
  2. Distinguish and demonstrate knowledge of normal inflammation and wound healing processes relevant to the practice of dermal therapies;  
  3. Investigate the biochemistry of the skin and apply this knowledge in a dermal science context;  
  4. Conceptualise the process of neoplasia and compare and contrast benign and malignant neoplasia;  
  5. Investigate immunological and hypersensitivity responses.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three Online Tests (30mins each) 20%
Report Written report (900 words) 40%
Presentation Group Presentation (In groups of up to 5 students, 15mins duration and submission of power point slides) 40%

Required reading

Robbins Basic Pathology 10th ed.
Kumar, V., Abbas, A.K., Fausto, N., & Mitchell, R.N. (2017)
Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier.

Principles of anatomy and physiology 2nd Asia-Pacific ed.
Tortora, G.J., & Derrickson, B. (2018)
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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