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PMC1000 Applied Pathology

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Applied Pathology
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 : 010913 - Human Biology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Andy Bell


Pre-requisite: BIO1203


Pathology is the study of abnormality to extend students’ knowledge from normal human anatomy and physiology to the processes that occur when there is loss of normal function (both at a cellular and organ level). Applied Pathology will introduce students to the principles of pathology within a clinical context and highlight common pathogenesis. This course will initially address general principles of disease processes such as cell injury and adaption.


Applied Pathology (PMC1000) will examine why disease occurs, the way disease processes affect both individual organs and the body as a whole, and the complications that arise secondary to disease. Emphasis will be placed on disease processes that are relevant to paramedic practice to assist students to understand the causes, mechanisms and dynamics of disease. Students will also receive content on the pathophysiology of head injury and stroke. Emphasis will be placed on injury and disease processes that are relevant to paramedic practice.


On successful completion of this course students will 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

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

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.
Damjanov, I 2017, Pathology for the Health Professions, 5th edn, Elsevier/Saunders, St Louis.
Fox, SI 2016, Human physiology, 14th edn, Mcgraw Hill.
Underwood, J. C. E. & Cross, S. S 2013, Underwood's pathology: a clinical approach, 6th edn, Elsevier Health Science, UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 48.00
Directed Study 28.00
Laboratory 24.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 50 50 03 Sep 2019
EXAM 50 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a Closed Examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) 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.

  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. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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).

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

  6. Examination information:
    CLOSED: 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