Faculty of Medicine,Dentistry and Health Sciences Department of Pathology

Undergraduate Courses and Subjects

The table below summarises the subjects on offer from the Department of Pathology in the new Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine degrees.

Career pathway options

Pathology major 2014 course plan

* Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine cannot enrol in PATH20001 and are introduced to the fundamental principles of human pathology in the Pathology component of Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine (BIOM20001)


Subject Code

Subject Name




Exploring Human Disease

Lectures and Computer assisted learning tutorials

General Pathology-study of disease processes
Introduces the fundamental principles of human pathology by study of causes, mechanisms of development and outcomes of disease, including defence and repair processes which occur in response to malfunction of tissues and organs.


Experimental Pathology


Experimental Pathology will introduce students to the practical methods used to understand the nature and cause of disease.  Through a combination of laboratory and workshop sessions and case based lectures students will consolidate their theoretical understanding of disease acquired in PATH20001 or BIOM20001. Students will be introduced to the core disciplines of Pathology and in doing so appreciate the central and vital role Pathology plays in medicine and medical research.


Mechanisms of Human Disease


Systems Pathology-study of disease/s found within an organ system
This subject extends the concepts and examination of disease commenced in second year Pathology (PATH20001, BIOM20001) with a focus on the following areas: cellular and molecular aspects underlying fundamental pathogenic mechanisms in organ specific pathologies.


Techniques for Investigation of Disease


This subject provides a sound practical and theoretical understanding of the scientific investigation of disease by the examination of key experimental techniques in the context of particular diseases. Students will undertake macroscopic and microscopic examination of diseased tissue to consolidate their understanding of disease processes developed in PATH30001. Students will use protein, nucleic acid and morphological analysis methods to aid in their diagnosis of disease. This will be complemented by critical analysis of published research papers and computer assisted learning practicals.  Diseases to be examined include major conditions affecting society.
This subject will introduce students to basic principles of laboratory based analytical methods that are currently used in Pathology Research, Diagnostic Pathology and Forensic Pathology.


Frontiers in Human Disease


Experimental Pathology-Understanding of disease using experimental models.
This subject introduces students to topics at the forefront of pathology. Lectures are delivered by clinicians, scientists and diagnostic pathologists to give students an appreciation of the important relationship between basic research and the investigation of complex diseases and how research discoveries can contribute to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Through these lectures students will develop an understanding the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of major diseases affecting society.


Advanced Investigation of Human Disease

Research project (theoretical or practical)

In this subject students will extend their understanding of human disease in the context of library or laboratory based research projects. This subject will give students the opportunity to work within a research group investigating diseases of significance to society and provide them with an appreciation of the relationship between basic research and the investigation of complex diseases and how research discoveries can contribute to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. This subject is an elective subject for Science and Biomedicine students intending to take a major in Pathology and is recommended for students interested in doing Honours in the Pathology

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