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:

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:

Key Dates

Week 1 Semester commences
Week 2-12 Assessment 1: Weekly quiz (10%)
Post Week 6 Mid-semester break
Week 7 Assessment 2: Examination (20%)
Week 12 Assessment 3: Written case study (35%)
Week 14 Assessment 4: Examination (35%)