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HLTH3302 – Principles in Health and Disease 2

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Christopher Burrell
17 Wally's Walk 357
By Appointment
Suzanne Saks
After Lectures
Amy Melamet
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above including HLTH2301 or HLTH215
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit provides students with further opportunity to explore the relationship between health and disease, from both the biological and psychological perspective. The common pathologies of each body system are studied, and their causes, mechanisms and effects are explored. The links between these disease mechanisms and their clinical manifestations is highlighted. By the completion of the unit, students will have a good knowledge of the major diseases of the body, and how they manifest in the patient. By studying a large number of human disease states, students will deepen their understanding of the complex relationship between ourselves and our environment.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Name the range of pathologies that can occur in each of the following systems: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Lymphatic, Haematopoietic, Endocrine, Immune, Digestive, Urinary and Reproductive
  • ULO2: Name and define the common symptoms and signs that are associated with diseases of the body systems named above
  • ULO3: Describe the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations for each disease studied
  • ULO4: For each disease studied, explain the relationship between its aetiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations
  • ULO5: Differentiate between diseases on the basis of aetiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology and clinical manifestations
  • ULO6: Explain the pathophysiological processes which can alter an individual's health status
  • ULO7: Explain the multifactorial nature in the development of disease states
  • ULO8: Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and basic pathology, to develop the likely mode of progression of the diseases studied in this unit

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information


Online quizzes

The online quizzes will be made available for a 48 hour window at the end of the week, during weeks 4, 6, 9, 11 & 13. Each quiz will be of 10 minutes duration, and cover material that has been delivered in lectures and/or tutorials.

Mid-Semester examination

This will cover the content of the first half of the semester, Weeks 1-7 (everything before the break). Questions will be in short answer format. The Mid-semester examination will be conducted in Week 8 at the start of the lecture on Thursday 30 April at 8am.

Final examination

This will cover the content of the entire semester. Questions will include multiple choice and short answer questions. A minimum of 50% in the examination is required to satisfy the requirements of the unit. If a student earns less than 50% in the final exam then they will fail the unit.

Attendance Requirements

A minimum 80% attendance is required at tutorials.

Returning Assessment Tasks

1. Online quizzes: The quiz marks will be released online once the quiz closes. The tutors will discuss the correct responses during the following class.

2. Mid-Semester Examination: Papers will be returned in tutorials once marked. (Generally 3 weeks after the exam)

3. Final Examination: Papers will not be returned. Marks will be incorporated into the final unit grade.

Hurdle Requirements and Serious Attempt Defined

A hurdle is a passing requirement for the unit. A serious attempt is a threshold when a second chance will be provided as an opportunity to meet the hurdle requirement.

HLTH3302 has 1 hurdle. The hurdle, the serious attempt threshold, and the method of the second attempt are described below.

Hurdle - Final examination: must obtain 50% of the combined available marks

  • Serious attempt: defined as gaining 40-49% in the final examination.

  • Second chance: a supplementary final examination

    Second-chance hurdle examinations will be offered during the FSE supplementary examination period. You will be notified shortly after the release of your grades of your eligibility for a hurdle retry and you must make yourself available during the FSE supplementary examination period to take advantage of this opportunity.

Delivery and Resources

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1. A 2-hour lecture (See ilearn page for more details)

2. A 2-hour tutorial (See ilearn page for more details)

3. 4-5 hours per week self-instructional learning, set readings from the text and exercises on lecture topics

Required Texts and/or Materials 

1. Unit workbook for HLTH3302/CHIR6302 - available on iLearn unit page in PDF format. 

2. J Craft et al. (2011) Understanding Pathophysiology, Mosby OR K L McCance & S E Heuther. (2010) Pathophysiology. The Biological Basis for Disease in Adults and Children. MosbyHighly recommended: A medical dictionary (This will be useful for all health science units)

Required Technology Access

Unit web page: HLTH3302/CHIR6302 iLearn site - https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/ 

You will be asked for a username and password. Your username is your student MQID. Your MQID and password have been mailed to you by the University. If you have lost them go to the student portal: http://students.mq.edu.au/home/

Unit Schedule

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See unit ilearn page.

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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