Pathophysiology 2

Unit code: RBM2540 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
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: cardiovascular renal, respiratory, blood, 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 in professional and community situations; this will be exemplified by the group project 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. Locate and integrate a range of peer-reviewed literature including case studies, reviews and primary research articles in the assessment of disease;
  2. Apply scientific principles and protocols and interpret the results of laboratory tests to investigate pathological conditions;
  3. Interpret a range of disease processes with reference to specific organ systems and their interplay; and
  4. Solve pathophysiology problems using case studies individually and with peers.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Test 1 (30mins)
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Laboratory Report (1500 word equivalence)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group Presentation (6mins per group)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Case Study (1500 word equivalence)

Required reading

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

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