BMS264 Pathophysiology for allied health professionals (8)

This subject provides students with the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the major pathologies of the endocrine, digestive, circulatory, renal, respiratory, immune, and musculoskeletal systems, which are of substantial significance to health today. This includes an understanding of how cells and tissues alter due to changes in their immediate environment. This subject builds on an understanding of the fundamentals of physiology. It assumes a knowledge of basic chemistry, biochemistry, and basic human physiology. In particular, students will require a fundamental understanding of the circulatory, renal, respiratory, and immune systems.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define fundamental pathophysiology terms
  • be able to list and define different types of cellular adaptations to stress
  • be able to describe cellular injury in response to various conditions and agents
  • be able to distinguish between different forms of genetic disorders
  • be able to define and describe anomalies of immunity and inflammation
  • be able to state the causes, classification and characteristics of cancer and the haematological malignancies
  • be able to list and discuss selected disorders of the gastrointestinal system and its accessory organs
  • be able to define and describe the common haematological and haemostatic disorders
  • be able to describe the pathophysiology and complications of major disorders of the cardiovascular system
  • be able to describe the pathogenesis and manifestations of major disorders of the respiratory tract
  • be able to state the common causes and/or risk factors, and manifestations of renal disorders including renal changes due to diabetes mellitus, hypertension and drug use
  • be able to briefly describe the basic pathophysiology of major musculoskeletal disorders


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Concepts of pathophysiology and disease - Introduction to fundamental pathophysiology terminology
  • Alterations to cells and tissues in response to stress (including cellular injury & cytoplasmic accumulations)
  • Genes, environment and common disorders (including single-gene, chromosomal, and multifactorial disorders, and teratogens)
  • Alterations in immunity and inflammation. Allergy. Autoimmunity. Immunodeficiency. Inflammation.
  • Neoplasia. Benign and malignant neoplasms. Metastasis. Oncogenesis. Carcinogens.
  • Disorders of endocrine function including Diabetes mellitus.
  • Alterations to haematopoietic function -including anaemia, leukaemia, and bleeding disorders.
  • Alterations to circulatory function and blood pressure - atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease and hypertension.
  • Alterations in cardiac function - myocardial ischaemia, infarction, angina pectoris, heart failure and arrhythmias.
  • Respiratory tract infections - influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis.
  • Alterations in ventilation - asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.
  • Alterations in renal function - urinary obstruction, urinary tract infections, glomerulonephritis, and kidney changes due to diabetes mellitus, hypertension and drug use.
  • Renal failure - acute and chronic renal failure.
  • Common musculoskeletal disorders - osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular atrophy, & muscular dystrophy.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.