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CPAT3201: Pathogenesis of Human Disease 1

The Pathogenesis of Human Disease 1 unit of study modules will provide a theoretical background to the scientific basis of the pathogenesis of disease. Areas covered in theoretical modules include: tissue responses to exogenous factors, adaptive responses to foreign agents, cardiovascular/pulmonary/gut responses to disease, forensic science, neuropathology and cancer. The aims of the course are: - To give students an overall understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms governing disease pathogenesis in human beings. - To introduce to students basic concepts of the pathogenesis, natural history and complications of common human diseases. - To demonstrate and exemplify differences between normality and disease. - To explain cellular aspects of certain pathological processes. Together with CPAT3202, the unit of study would be appropriate for those who intend to proceed to Honours research, to postgraduate studies such as Medicine or to careers in biomedical areas such as hospital science. Enquires should be directed to

Code CPAT3201
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
6CP of (IMMU2X11 or MEDS2004 or MIMI2X02 or IMMU2101 or BMED2404)
Assumed knowledge:
Sound knowledge of biology through meeting pre-requisites

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand basic investigative techniques for disease detection in pathology
  • LO2. evaluate diseased tissue at the macroscopic and microscopic level
  • LO3. describe, synthesise and present information on disease pathogenesis
  • LO4. demonstrate practical skills in the use of a light microscope and assessment of tissue microarchitecture
  • LO5. transfer problem-solving skills to novel situations related to disease pathogenesis.