Course Outline

LFS303 Pathophysiology

Course Coordinator:Robert Harvey ( School:School of Health - Biomedicine

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course builds on your advanced knowledge of systemic physiology to gain a deep understanding of the complex changes in function that occur with disease. The major disorders associated with each of the organ systems will be explored. This course focuses on the pathogenesis of disease, enabling identification of areas for investigation, research, intervention and management, and advances communication skills of biomedical and medical information. The curriculum complements studies in a range of programs including Biomedical Science, Medical Science and Dietetics.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-recorded e-Modules, H5P-embedded MCQ questions to check progress against learning outcomes, H5P-embedded drag-and-drop exercises to support practical classes 1.5hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Interactive synchronous multi-campus e-Lectorial (TELT only via Zoom) Weeks 1-13 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Interactive synchronous multi-campus Workshop (in person, on campus) Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. Week 13 (exam preparation) online only. 2hrs Week 1 7 times
Laboratory 1 – Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 - in person, on campus practicals 2hrs Week 2 6 times

Course Topics

  • Basic pathophysiology of diseased states.
  • Major diseases affecting the organ systems including: cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, hepatic, immune, nervous, renal, and respiratory.
  • Introduction to diagnostic testing and management of diseased states.

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Describe, explain and clearly communicate knowledge of disease and dysfunction from cellular to organ system levels. Knowledgeable
2 Understand the use of common diagnostic tests in assessing health and disease. Knowledgeable
3 Display knowledge of pathological processes involved in disease and dysfunction Knowledgeable
4 Critically analyse and solve pathophysiological problems by collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


(LFS201 and LFS202) or LFS203 or


LFS201 or LFS203 and enrolled in Program SC357


LFS302 or NUR221 or PAR221 or HLT221

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding in human physiology as evidenced through the successful completion of pre-requisite courses or equivalent credit courses

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be provided through weekly formative online H5P Quizzes and pre-laboratory 'Drag and Drop' exercises available in Canvas. Additional formative assessment activities (exemplar multiple choice and short answer questions) will be also completed in weekly e-Lectorials or Workshops.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 25%
6 subtasks covering content from weeks 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12; 20 minutes each.
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
75 minutes
Week 7 Online Submission
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
2 hours
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1:Practical and theory portfolio - online component
This portfolio has been designed to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of cellular physiology, pathophysiological processes and diagnostic tests, and to understand key pathophysiology terminology.
Product: Quiz/zes
Individual, 20 minute quizzes with 15 multiple choice questions per subtask; completed online during weeks 2-13. The quizzes are open book.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes and diagnostic tests
1 2 3
Ability to critically analyse and solve pathophysiological problems
Use of correct pathophysiology terminology
1 2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Mid-semester Exam
This examination is a check-point where you can demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes, diagnostic tests and key pathophysiology terminology acquired to date.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
A 75-minute examination based on case studies relating to content from weeks 1-6. This will incorporate data analysis, multiple choice, drag and drop, fill-in-the-blanks and short answer questions. The examination is open book.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of cellular physiology, pathophysiological processes and diagnostic tests.
1 2 3
Ability to utilise information from e-Lectorials, e-Workshops and practicals to critically analyse and solve pathophysiological problems
Use of correct pathophysiology terminology
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:End-of-Semester Exam
This examination is an end-of-semester exam, where you can demonstrate the theoretical and practical applications of pathophysiology you have mastered to date.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
A comprehensive, two hour final examination, consisting of short answer questions based on weeks 1-13 content. Short answer questions will include elements of data analysis or will require analysis of patient-based case studies.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes and diagnostic tests.
1 2 3
Application of knowledge from e-Lectorials, Workshops and laboratory classes to pathophysiological problems.
Clear communication of pathophysiological knowledge and correct use of pathophysiology terminology
1 2 3 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
Week 1: Introduction to pathophysiology and cellular adaptation
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Workshop
Week 2: Cellular injury and Neoplasia
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Practical
Week 3: Endocrine disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Workshop
Week 4: Renal and electrolyte disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Practical
Week 5: Inflammation and immunological disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Workshop
Week 6: Haematological disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Practical
Week 7: Disorders of the special senses and reproductive disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Workshop
Week 8: Digestive and hepatic disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Practical
Week 9: Vascular disease and hypertension
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Workshop
Week 10: Cardiac disease
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Practical
Week 11: Pain and neurological disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Workshop
Week 12: Respiratory disorders
e-Module, e-Lectorial, Practical
Week 13: Shock and Course Review
e-Module, e-Lectorial, e-Workshop (online only)

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Judy Craft, Christopher Gordon, et al 2022 Understanding Pathophysiology Australia and New Zealand Edition 4th Edition Elsevier
Required LFS303 Teaching Staff 2024 Pathophysiology (LFS303): Course Manual n/a University of the Sunshine Coast Publication, Sippy Downs

Specific requirements

To complete this course, students will need personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used within the lab classes. This includes: a clean laboratory coat, fully-enclosed footwear and safety glasses. Students must present with this PPE to gain entry to laboratory classes and assessments. Students are required to complete the online Laboratory Induction prior to gaining entry to the laboratory.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a moderate level of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks are those associated with laboratory work such as working with chemicals and hazardous substances. You will be required to undertake laboratory induction training and it is also your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a. The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b. The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c. You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate (the rates are cumulative): 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day 
- 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. 
To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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