BMS511 Processes of Pathology (8)

This subject addresses the scientific basis of human disease with a specific focus on the underlying processes that cause cell, tissue and organ dysfunction and how this impacts on comorbidities. The subject will place these changes in the context of the interrelationships between body systems and the impact of lifestyle and other external factors on disease processes. Morphological and functional changes will be related to routine pathological investigations as it applies to patient care. The application of this understanding will add to the students knowledge base to develop diagnostic reasoning abilities.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS511. 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 Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have a good knowlegde of human anatomy and phsyiology and a basic understanding of pathophysiology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe in detail the range of pathological processes and the aetiology of human diseases
  • be able to identify the morphological and functional changes associated with different pathological processes
  • be able to identify the impact of co-morbidities associated with different pathological processes
  • be able to apply knowledge of pathological processes to interpret the findings of routine pathological investigations
  • be able to predict the impact of pathophysiological processes at a cell, tissue or organ level to change at a multisystem level


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Cell injury, inflammation and repair
  • Infectious diseases
  • Disorders of nutrition
  • Development and genetic diseases
  • Immunopathology
  • Neoplasia
  • Disorders of heart and cardiovascular system
  • Disorders of haematopoietic system
  • Disorders of respiratory system
  • Disorders of gastrointestinal tract
  • Disorders of liver
  • Disorders of endocrine system
  • Disorders of nervous system


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.