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PATH301 Advanced Pathology

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Pathology of human disease; applied and theoretical concepts relating to pathological conditions, including immuno-pathology, congenital and developmental disorders, cardiovascular pathology, haematological disorders, neuropathology, forensic and diagnostic pathology.

This paper will provide advanced knowledge of the pathology of human disease. Students should gain an in-depth understanding of genetic, molecular, cellular and whole organ changes in selected pathological conditions. This paper will provide a foundation for post-graduate study in the area of human disease and is useful for those going on to professional programmes in the health sciences.

Paper title Advanced Pathology
Paper code PATH301
Subject Pathology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,314.50

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PATH 201
Recommended Preparation
ANAT 241 and BIOC 221
Schedule C

Suitable for undergraduates with a background in health sciences or in related subjects.


Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Merilyn Hibma
Lecturers: Dr Heather Cunliffe
Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee
Professor Stephen Robertson
Professor Ian Morison
Professor Linda Holloway
Dr Nada Guirguis
Dr Cherie Stayner
Dr Karen Reader
Dr Tania Slatter
Dr Noelyn Hung

Paper Structure
This paper includes modules in:
  • Genetic and developmental disorders
  • Renal disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Respiratory Pathology
  • Haematological disorders
  • Immune disorders
  • Pathology and Forensics
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus a compulsory 4-hour laboratory practical each week.
Recommended; Robbins and Cotran: Pathologic Basis of Disease.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the central concepts of pathological conditions and their underlying mechanisms
  • Demonstrate appropriate practical skills in techniques commonly used in research investigations of pathological conditions and their underlying mechanisms
  • Be able to evaluate data produced in the laboratory and prepare coherent and informative laboratory reports
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically assimilate and evaluate scientific literature and to communicate it effectively

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 15-22