Pathogenesis of Human Disease 1 (CPAT3201)


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

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Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour research tutorial per week.


One 2-hour exam (60%), one major research essay (1500w) (20%), two 0.5-hour in-semester exams (20%).


Kumar, Abbas & Aster. Robbins Basic Pathology, 9th edition. Saunders. 2012.

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(12 credit points of ANAT2XXX or BCHM2XXX or BIOL2XXX or MBLG2XXX or MICR2XXX or PCOL2XXX or PHSI2XXX) OR ( BMED2401 and 12 additional credit points of BMED240X)

Assumed knowledge

Sound knowledge of biology through meeting pre-requisites

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.