HBS202 Pathophysiology

Unit Description

HBS202 Pathophysiology builds on the knowledge gained in Human Structure and Function units and advances the student’s understandings of the impact of disease and the ways alterations in homeostatic mechanisms disrupt the normative functioning of the human body.

The unit concentrates on central concepts of pathophysiology, such as how cells and tissues respond to pathogenic challenges, the principles behind genetic disorders and alterations in immunity and inflammation and how these affect the various systems in the body. The major body systems considered in this unit includes connective tissue, nervous, cardiovascular, immune, gastrointestinal, respiratory and the endocrine system. The effect of these major pathologies on the skin will be an underlying theme.

We will conclude with an overview of the pathophysiology of cancerous states.


The prerequisites for this unit are HBS 101 and HBS 102.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  • Expound on the processes and manifestations of disease and its impact on body function
  • Describe common dermatological conditions and diseases
  • Define the role of the major body systems in pathophysiological states
  • Explain the mechanisms of cellular and tissue changes in ageing
  • Conceptualise how different pathophysiology of one system can interact with other systems
  • Determine metabolic and homeostatic impairment to cells and tissue function in pathophysiological states
  • Explain cancer characteristics and common pathophysiology of carcinoma states

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

  • Knowledge of applied health science theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities within healthcare delivery systems
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and the wider community
  • The ability to demonstrate in-depth competence in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The ability to formulate and apply therapeutic interventions in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The capacity to lead, manage and/or work effectively with multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams
  • Awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to ongoing professional development and life-long learning.
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