Pathophysiology 2

    Unit code: RBM2540 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    RBM2530 - Pathophysiology 1
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Pathophysiology involves the study of disordered physiological processes associated with disease or injury and can therefore be considered core to any degree in biomedicine or health science. This unit examines the effects of dysfunction in particular human body systems, building on students’ knowledge of basic pathological processes and overall regulation of the human body (Pathophysiology 1). We will cover disorders of the following systems: haematologic, lymphatic, renal, respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal. Students are introduced to techniques for assessment of disorders where they will develop their analytical skills in various laboratory settings. There will be an integration of topic material relating to specific body systems between Pathophysiology 1 and Pathophysiology 2. Students will have the opportunity to investigate and apply their knowledge of pathophysiology where students will study the pathophysiology of a disease from the perspective of health professionals and patients.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Analyse and integrate a range of peer-reviewed literature including case studies, reviews and primary research articles in the assessment and treatment of disease;
    2. Apply scientific and pathology principles in the investigation and treatment of disease
    3. Interpret pathological processes across the following systems: haematologic, renal, respiratory, musculoskeletal, reproductive and gastrointestinal; and
    4. Solve pathophysiology problems using case studies individually or with peers.

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    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Test 1 (30mins, multiple choice quiz)
    Assessment type: Laboratory Work
    Grade: 30%
    Laboratory Report (1500 word equivalence)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Group Presentation (6mins per group) and powerpoint slides
    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 30%
    Case Studies (1500 word equivalence)

    Required reading

    RECOMMENDED TEXTS: McCance. K.L. and Huether, S.E., (2019) Pathophysiology: the Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children 8th ed. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier

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