Courses & Units

Basic Pathological Processes and Immunity CJA212




This unit will provide students with the foundation knowledge of pathology by gaining an understanding of the fundamental processes that occur when the human organism undergoes disturbance of its homeostasis. They will gain an appreciation of the ‘one health’ concept of the interrelationships between humans and other living things and their shared environment impacting on human health. The Unit incorporates pathological processes such as cell injury and death, inflammation, healing and neoplasia. Students will gain an understanding of the basic cellular and molecular functions of the immune system in health and disease. Students will be introduced to the range of microorganisms infecting humans and the microbiome, which appears to protect against a growing number of diseases. Students will also learn how the immune system can sometimes be dysregulated and cause significant pathology (immunopathology). Laboratory practical classes will introduce students to basic immunology and pathology techniques that will reinforce material presented during lectures.


Unit name Basic Pathological Processes and Immunity
Unit code CJA212
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Associate Professor Gunasegaran (Guna) Karupiah
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the relationship between health and disease and the complex pathological processes which occur in response to physiological stress, damage, infectious and non-infectious threats.
  • Explain how microorganisms can affect human health and the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the immune system responds to infectious and non-infectious threats
  • Research, evaluate, apply and cite appropriate literature on a defined topic
  • Communicate scientific information using discipline specific terminology both verbally and in written formats
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
not applicable
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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((CHG105 AND CHG106) OR (CZZ101 AND CZZ102))


Teaching Pattern

Lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, MyLo

AssessmentInternal test (15%)|Written exam (60%)|Presentation (10%)|Essay (10%)|Peer Assessment of Presentations (5%)
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