Courses & Units

Cellular Basis of Disease CAM107


This unit will examine the biological processes that lead to disease. We will explore the world of infectious disease including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases, and how the body’s immune system detects and destroys these pathogens. This unit will delve into how the immune responses can go awry leading to disfunctions such as allergies and autoimmune disease. We will also look at the cellular basis of non-communicable diseases such as cancer and dementia. To deepen our understanding of the research investigating these diseases, we will also examine common research and diagnosis laboratory techniques.


Unit name Cellular Basis of Disease
Unit code CAM107
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Jack Auty
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the biology of infectious organisms and viruses, and how they contribute to disease
  • Describe how the immune system responds to infection and tissue damage, and how these immune mechanisms can both prevent and contribute to disease processes
  • Explain the pathophysiology of non-communicable disease
  • Apply basic laboratory techniques used in cellular disease biology and describe how they work
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

1 x weekly 2-hour online class

1 x fortnightly 2-hour tutorial

6 x 2-hour practical classes per semester

AssessmentPre-Laboratory online quizzes (10%)|Mid-semester test (15%)|Written examination (35%)|Workbook (40%)
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