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PP5151 - General Pathobiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will address the mechanisms of disease processes. The general principles of pathobiology are covered with particular reference to the changes at the level of cells, tissues and organs. Students will also gain skills at gross tissue description, tissue preservation, cutting and staining techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe and compare the difference between cell degeneration and death at the cellular level and the mechanisms by which cells adapt to an altered extracellular environment;
  • compare and contrast cellular changes and responses to a range of pathological conditions such as necrosis, inflammation, repair, haemostasis, genetic disorders and neoplasia;
  • explain in general terms the procedures routinely used in diagnostic pathology;
  • critically evaluate the quality of pathological specimens;
  • apply knowledge gained in this subject to solve simple biomedical case studies.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Invigilated > Other exams - (20%)
  • Practical Exam - (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (10%).
PP3151 TV5110


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Dr Margaret Reilly, Dr Linda Hayes, Mr Walter Hautaniemi, Mrs Erin Roberts, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Dr Tessa Mackie, Mrs Karen Reeks, Dr Rachel Bowater.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.