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PMC1000 Applied Pathology

Semester 2, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Tony Santin


Pre-requisite: BIO1203


PMC1000 Applied Pathology is an opportunity for students to further develop their knowledge of the effects of disease and injury on the human body. It builds upon the anatomy and physiology content presented in BIO1203 and provides the foundational knowledge required to understand clinical presentations in practice.

Pathology is the scientific study of disease processes. It encompasses knowledge of functional and structural changes in the body both at a cellular and systemic level. An understanding of aetiology, pathogenesis and morphological change that occurs as a result of a disease are presented in this course. Key aspects of pathology as required in paramedic practice are addressed.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Explain normal body processes and alterations to the body and organs caused by disease
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of patterns of disease processes and the body’s response to different causes of injury and illness
  3. Identify the pathogenesis of specific diseases and injuries
  4. Explain conditions that affect fluid balance, acid balance and electrolytes
  5. Apply knowledge of the impact of diseases on organs, systems and the body.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Respiration and respiratory pathologies 20.00
2. The heart and cardiovascular pathologies 20.00
3. Abdominal pathologies 20.00
4. The brain and brain stem: traumatic head injuries 10.00
5. Nerve cells and nerve conduction 10.00
6. Pathologies affecting body fluids and electrolytes 10.00
7. Immunological pathologies 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Kumar, V., Abbas, A. & Aster, J 2018, Robbins Basic Pathology, 10th edn, Elsevier / Saunders, Philadelphia.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2,3,5
Assignments Written Essay No 30 1,2,3,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 2 July 2022