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.
Subject Code & Name Overview BSc BBiomed PATH20001
Exploring Human Disease - Science
This subject will introduce the fundamental principles of, and current questions about human pathology by study of causes, mechanisms of development and possible outcomes of disease, including defense and repair processes which occur in response to malfunction of tissues and organs.
Not available BBiomed *PATH30001
Mechanisms of Human Disease
This subject extends the fundamental principles of pathology investigated in second year by the study of cellular and molecular aspects of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases, a detailed analysis of the linkage between the acute inflammatory response and the innate and adaptive immune systems, the effect of injury on the gastro-intestinal, renal and central nervous systems, genetic disorders, developmental and degenerative diseases and cancer.
Techniques for Investigation of Disease
This subject aims to develop 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 eg. Inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer. 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. PATH30001 PATH30001 *PATH30003
Frontiers in Human Disease
In this subject students will develop an understanding of the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of disease processes in lectures that take an integrated approach, delivered by lecturers with research expertise in major diseases affecting society (immunopathology, neoplasia, neuropathology, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, infectious diseases) and medical genetics. From the lectures, students will understand 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. PATH30001 PATH30001 PATH30004
Advanced Investigation of Human Disease
This subject will introduce students to the importance of research in the investigation of disease by undertaking a supervised individual experimental or small-group library-based research project in a specific area of pathology. Major research areas covered in this subject include autoimmunity, immunopathology, neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration, cancer diagnosis, infectious diseases and the molecular, cellular and genetic bases of disease and disease therapies. This course introduces students to basic research and provides insight into and preparation for a career in biomedical research.
To complete the Pathology major in third year BSc and BBiomed student must take PATH30001, PATH30002 and PATH30003 and in 2012 may elect to do PATH30004 or another 300 level subject in the biomedical sciences (subject to prerequisite and coordinator approval).BBiomed students may complete Defense and Disease a combined major offered by the Department of Pathology and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.