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Processes in Human Disease (CHI391)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit deals with the basic principles of general pathology. It covers all the key mechanisms of diseases such as thrombosis, cardiovascular disturbances, inflammation, cell and tissue death, diseases resulting from an aberrant in utero environment, and diseases of abnormal DNA processing such as neoplasia and inherited conditions. Using examples from human and animal disease the relationships between the varying pathological processes will be explored. Disease is discussed at both the naked eye, microscopic and molecular levels.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the completion of this Unit, you should be able to achieve the following theoretical and practical outcomes:
Theoretical Outcomes
1. Define each of the general pathological processes covered in this unit (hyperaemia, haemorrhage, oedema, thrombosis, acute inflammation, chronic inflammation, healing by regeneration and repair, cellular degeneration and death, adaptive tissue responses, pigment accumulation and storage diseases, calcification, neoplasia and teratology), explain the mechanisms and outline the pathways of progression (pathogenesis) of the disease.
2. Describe the typical gross and histomorphologic appearance and features of these pathological processes, and predict their sequelae and consequences for the patient.
3. Make appropriate use of the vocabulary and terminology used in the discipline of General Pathology to describe the pathogenesis of a tissue lesion or disease.

Practical Outcomes
4. Recognise and describe the key anatomical and histological features of the main organ systems of the body e.g. lung, liver, kidney, muscle, skin, nervous system, alimentary tract, pancreas.
5. Recognise and describe lesions in tissues at both the gross and microscopic levels, and link these with a pathological process.
6. You should be able to interpret the features you see to classify lesions according to: distribution, severity, nature of the change, timing and where possible suggest a possible cause (aetiology).
7. Demonstrate and understanding of some histochemical techniques used in the discipline of histopathology.
Timetabled Learning Activities Core Lectures: 3 hours per week; Workshops (gross pathology, histopathology and topic reviews): 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to utilise a mix of structured learning activities (lectures and practicals), semi-structured on-line review sessions and individual assessment tasks. A variety of texts, lecture notes and on-line resources are recommended for further learning, and summaries of all formal learning material will be made available on-line for review. Assessment tasks are designed to test the depth of understanding of the principals and language of general pathology.
Assessment Assessments include a mix of supervised theory exams, on-line quizzes and a practical assessment task. The final exam is a supervised exam designed to test specific knowledge of the topics covered in the unit. Additional on-going assessment will be provided by formative quizzes and tests throughout the semester. A practical assessment at the end of semester will cover the knowledge of the practical component of the unit. In all cases, detailed information is given during semester about expectations and marking, and students are encouraged to raise questions during review and practical sessions. Confirmation and details of assessment items, weightings and due dates will be provided in the Unit Information and Learning Guide and on the LMS at the start of semester.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc + BClinChiro) and successful completion of Years 1 and 2.
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Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc)+(BClinChiro) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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