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BIO3209 Pathology 2

Semester 2, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing

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Examiner: Leanne Dooley
Moderator: Mike Kotiw


Pre-requisite: BIO3109


The aim of this course is to build on the student's understanding of the pathologic basis of disease gained from BIO3109 Pathology 1. While Pathology 1 explored disease at the genetic, molecular, cellular and tissue level, this course will explore systemic pathology and diseases of organ systems. Specifically this course is designed to increase the students 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.


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

  1. describe and explain the aetiology, pathogenesis and laboratory investigation of metabolic, inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of the human body?s major organ systems and discuss the relevant clinical implications.
  2. identify the effects of ageing 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 and describe their clinical manifestations and associated laboratory findings.
  4. employ a logical, systematic and well informed approach to laboratory investigation and differential diagnosis in individual patient cases.
  5. demonstrate a high level of academic, scientific and professional literacy.


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

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  • Kumar, V, Abbas, A, Aster J 2013, Robbins Basic Pathology, 9th 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 2010, Robbins and Cotran, Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th edn, Saunders.
    (ISBN 9781416031215.)
  • Martini,F 2012, 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 requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 58.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 53.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 20 17 Aug 2015
Assignment 2 20 20 12 Oct 2015
2Hr Pt A of Closed MC Exam 30 30 End S2 (see note 1)
2Hr Pt B of Closed SA Exam 30 30 End S2 (see note 2)

  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:
    ONC Attendance requirements:
    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.
    ONL Attendance Requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility 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

  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 achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. Referencing in Assignments 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 //

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 //