Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pathology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course




An introduction to the study of pathology. It deals with the causes of disease, disorders of cell and tissues, acute and chronic inflammation, ischaemia and thrombosis, disorders of fluids and electrolytes, carcinogenesis. There is also an overview of the major disease affecting the various systems of the body.

The aims of the study-unit are:

- To understaned the basic pathological processes;
- To understand the main disorders affecting the body systems.

Study-unit Content:

- Introduction to the study of Pathology;
- Causes of Disease;
- Genetic disorders;
- Inflammation: Chronic and Acute;
- Cell injury;
- Repair Mechanisms;
- Disorders of growth and differentiation;
- Neoplasia;
- Athersclerosis, Thrombosis and Embolism;
- Ischaemia and Infarction;
- Cardiovascular System;
- Respiratory System;
- Gastrointenstinal System;
- Liver and Pancreas;
- Haemopoietic System;
- Disorders of the Immune System;
- Environmental disorders;
- Nutritional Disorders;
- The Kidneys;
- Urinary Tract and Male Reproductive System;
- Fluid and Electrolyte disorder;
- Endocrine System;
- The Nervous System;
- Female Reproductive System;
- The Skin. The Breast;
- Disorders of Bones and Joints.

Reading List:

Recommended Books:

- Pathology Illustrated, R Reid, F Roberts, E MacDuff, 7eth Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2011. ISBN-10: 0702033766, ISBN-13: 978-0702033766
- Underwood’s Pathology: A Clinical Approach, SB Cross, 6th Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2013. ISBN: 0702046728 / 978 0702046728.

Additional Resources:

- Muir’s Textbook of Pathology, Ed by C S Herrington, 15th Edition, CRC Press, 2014. ISBN: 9781444184976 / 9781444184990.

Reference Texts:

- Robbins Basic Pathology, V Kumar, A K Abbas, JC Aster, 9eth Edition, Saunders, 2012. ISBN: 1437717810/ 978-1437717815.
- Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, V Kumar, A K Abbas, J C Aster, 9e, 9th Edition, Saunders, 2014. ISBN10: 1455726133 / ISBN13: 978-1455726134.

Various Internet Resources are available for Pathology:


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%


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