BMS364 Pathophysiology (6)

Pathophysiology explores the physiological processes contributing to disease and also the physiological changes that are associated or are a result of disease or injury. This subject includes foundational or general principles of pathophysiology and the specific pathophysiological states. Focus is on pathophysiological processes associated with the main body systems or processes, with emphasis on interactions between disorders and processes across various body systems. This subject explores how the various disciplines within medical sciences (pathology) do not function in isolation but interact in diagnosis, monitoring and management of disease.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and justify the use common pathophysiological terms;
  • be able to describe the characteristics and aetiology of different types of cellular injury and how these are investigated in the diagnostic laboratory;
  • be able to evaluate the involvement of microorganisms in disease and relate these to the clinical course as well as diagnostic laboratory procedure used for diagnosis and treatment;
  • be able to explain and apply the consequences of alterations in fluids, electrolytes and acid/base balance and how these affect the physiological process;
  • be able to explain the pathophysiological processes underlying pain and inflammation and evaluate their effects on the body;
  • be able to evaluate the pathogenesis of common dysfunctions in the nervous, endocrine, musculoskeletal, integumentary, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal/urinary, gastrointestinal, and reproductive systems; and
  • be able to evaluate how disorders of one body system may have consequences for other body systems and show justification on how diagnostic laboratory plays a role in the diagnosis of such disorders to create a holistic view of the role of diagnostic laboratory on the treatment of the whole patient.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Diagnostic methods used in the investigation of various pathophysiological conditions;
  • General pathophysiology: neoplastic disorders; pain; inflammation; infection; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base imbalances; and
  • Systemic pathophysiology: nervous system dysfunction; endocrine dysfunction; musculoskeletal dysfunction; hepatobiliary system dysfunction; integumentary system dysfunction; immune system dysfunction; cardiovascular dysfunction; respiratory dysfunction; renal system dysfunction; gastrointestinal system dysfunction; reproductive system dysfunction.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.