Human Pathophysiology

Course code HUBS2505Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Provides an introduction to the concept of human disease and the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the causes. Students will be provided with an introduction to pathophysiology of the immune, nervous, endocrine, skeletal, gastrointestinal, renal, vascular and respiratory systems. Associated pathologies of these systems will be introduced and explored.

This course is a Mandatory Program Component for the Nutrition & Dietetics Program ONLY

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Develop an understanding of the concept of human disease.
2. Develop an understanding of the pathology and pathophysiology associated with disorders of the immune, nervous, endocrine, skeletal, renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal & cardiovascular systems.
3. Be able to utilise clinical scenarios in tutorials to both illustrate and consolidate the pathophysiological mechanisms discussed.
ContentStudents will initially be introduced to the concepts of disease and to the mechanisms by which cells undergo injury and adapt to such insult.
This will be followed by a module comprising an overview of immune effector function, inflammation and hypersensitivity, immune responses to pathogenic agents, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. An introduction to neoplastic disease will complete the first module.

The second module will consider pathophysiological mechanisms underlying disorders of the gastrointestinal tract including hepatobiliary disease.

Module three explores cardiovascular disease and includes consideration of the consequences of ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, disorders of electroconduction and common vascular disorders.

Module four involves the respiratory system and will focus on acute pulmonary syndromes, restrictive and obstructive disease.

Module five will discuss renal pathophysiology and focus on aspects of acute and chronic renal failure and some common diseases that affect kidney function.

Module six considers endocrine disorders, in particular the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus.

Module seven will explore the mechanisms underlying nervous system dysfunction, including the autonomic nervous system, at both the cellular and systems level as occurs in stroke, space occupying lesions, degenerative disorders and with injury to peripheral and central elements of the nervous system.
Replacing Course(s)This course will replace and consolidate components of the following courses:
HUBS2405 Human Structure and Function Part I - 20 units
HUBS2406 Human Structure and Function Part 2 - 20 units
HUBS2517 Physiology for Rehabilitation Therapies - 10 units
HUBS2518 Human Physiology for N&D - 10 units
HUBS2519 Pathophysiology for Nutrition and Dietetics - 10 units
PHTY2050 Pathobiology for Physiotherapy - 10 units
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1403 Biomedical Sciences Part 1 and HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2 OR
HUBS1401 Human Bioscience 1A and HUBS1402 Human Bioscience 1B or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMinitests.
Examination: FormalEnd of semester Final Examination
Students must perform satisfactorily in the final examination in order to be able to pass the course overall.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS2505