Dermal Sciences 2

Unit code: HBD2202 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Queen
Online Real Time
HBD2102 - Dermal Sciences 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Robbins Basic Pathology
Kumar, V., Abbas, A.K., Fausto, N., & Mitchell, R.N. (2017)| Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier.
Principles of anatomy and physiology
Tortora, G.J., & Derrickson, B. (2018)| Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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