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BIO3209 Pathology 2

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Pathology 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 060113 - Pathology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Leanne Dooley


Pre-requisite: BIO3109


The aim of this course is to build on the student's knowledge and understanding of the pathologic basis of disease gained from BIO3109 Pathology 1. Pathology 1 explored disease at the genetic, molecular, cellular and tissue level and this course explores systemic pathology and diseases of organ systems. Specifically this course is designed to increase the students knowledge and understanding of pathological changes in various organ systems in the body, how these changes affect the body and how they are reflected in the results of pathology laboratory investigations.

Detailed analysis of specific diseases, together with discussion of relevant diagnostic and therapeutic options will enable the student to begin to integrate the different fields of study in the Laboratory Medicine Major and will enhance their capacity to make critical and informed judgments in a professional setting.


This course builds on the knowledge of general pathology gained in the course BIO3109 Pathology 1. Pathology 2 explores systemic pathology or the aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of diseases of organ systems. Pathology 1 and Pathology 2 will provide consolidation of the theory and practice of the Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Histopathology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology courses in the Bachelor of Health for the emerging Medical Laboratory Scientist. The residential school component of this course will enable the student to practice and refine their skills in reporting and interpreting blood film morphology, haematology results and clinical biochemistry results and enhance their knowledge and practical understanding of quality control and quality assurance in the pathology laboratory. It will also provide a forum for discussions on ongoing professional development opportunities and an exploration of fatigue management skills and mindfulness in preparation for the real-life challenges of a medical laboratory scientist.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. examine the aetiology and pathogenesis of metabolic, inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of major human organ systems, explain the relevant clinical implications and interpret associated laboratory findings;
  2. analyse the effects of human developmental stages on the pathophysiology of human organ systems and justify the need for age appropriate reference ranges and action limits when interpreting pathology results;
  3. identify congenital, gestational and placental disorders, describe their clinical manifestations and interpret associated laboratory findings;
  4. apply a logical, systematic and well informed approach to laboratory investigation and differential diagnosis in individual patient cases;
  5. illustrate a high level of academic, scientific and professional literacy;
  6. demonstrate safe work practices and a clear understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities associated with working in a pathology laboratory.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Pathology of the cardiovascular system. 12.00
2. Pathology of the respiratory system 4.00
3. Pathology of the digestive system 12.00
4. Pathology of the kidney and liver 20.00
5. Pathology of the urogenital system 16.00
6. Pathology of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems 16.00
7. Pathology of the endocrine system 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Kumar, V, Abbas, A, Aster J 2017, Robbins Basic Pathology, 10th edn, Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA.
(ISBN: 1416029737.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Kumar,V, Abbas,A, Fausto,N, Aster,J 2015, Robbins and Cotran, Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edn, Saunders.
Martini,F 2014, Martini’s Atlas of the Human Body, Pearson Education Inc, San Francisco, CA.
(USQ 612 MAR.)
Tortora,G 2010, Clinical Connections, John Wiley & Sons.
(USQ 611 TOR.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Private Study 82.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Case Studies 20 20 12 Aug 2019 (see note 1)
Skills Test 20 20 08 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

  1. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.
  2. Skills test will be conducted on the final day of the residential school.

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam Part A (Multiple Choice) 30 30 (see exam note 1)
Exam Part B (Short Answer) 30 30 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.
  2. Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Both external and on-campus students must attend the mandatory residential school. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Student (external and oncampus) attendance at the residential school is mandatory (non-attendance will mean the student cannot pass the course). The residential school delivers the practical component for the semester, students must attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course and maintain a satisfactory record of practical.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item, and must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency), i.e. the skills test assignment by achieving at least 50% of the marks available for that assessment item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the bases of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

  2. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at