VSC321 Principles of Clinical and Systematic Pathology (8)

This subject follows on from Principles of Pathobiology (VSC 310), with an approach to disease through a largely body systems based approach, using the related and complimentary disciplines of Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. Here pathological changes that may induce disease in each major body system are examined eg. infection, inflammation, disorders of growth, genetic disorders, diseases of immunity. For each body system material will be presented through a number of teaching modalities eg. lectures, practicals, tutorials, interactive sessions, online presentations etc., using case based material, to lead students through the investigative and diagnostic process. Students cannot progress to Phase 2, without the completion of Phase 1 subjects.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC321. 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 Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology, Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)



Subject Relationships

VSC325 Incompatible subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to list and describe, for each major organ system, the causes of the basic pathologic changes detailed above, and how each results in alterations in morphology
  • be able to relate these morphological changes to diminution, loss or change in function of that specific system, and then describe, hypothesize and quantitate these functional changes in terms of measureable clinical pathological variables
  • be able to relate morphological and functional changes in one body system to changes in another system, in well recognised disease state/s, using measurable Clinical and Anatomical Pathological variables
  • be able to analyse both Anatomical and Clinical Pathological data to assess the presence and degree of organ/system dysfunction, with a view to specific disease diagnosis and monitoring of disease in response to therapy.
  • be able to describe and summarise the advantages and limitations of Clinical and Anatomical Pathologic assessment of specific disease states, both as they relate to each other and other diagnostic aids such as physical examination or diagnostic imaging.
  • be able to use knowledge gained from this course to inform PBL subjects


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The erythron, and leukon and related organ systems (bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes)
  • The different types of enzymes, proteins and lipids that may be measured in the blood, tissue and fluids, with reference to their origins, role in health and disease, and their importance in diagnosis of specific disease states or organ dysfunction


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au 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.