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PATH30002 Techniques for Investigation of Disease is the capstone subject for the Pathology Major and consolidates the principles and concepts introduced in PATH30001. These laboratory-based classes aim to develop an authentic practical and theoretical understanding of the modern scientific investigation of disease.
Techniques used will include histopathology, macroscopic analysis, bioinformatic approaches, molecular pathology and critical analysis of published research papers. Comparisons will be made between normal and abnormal tissues, organs and functions in the context of tissue regeneration and repair, acute and chronic inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, and cancer. Diseases to be examined include major conditions affecting society.
This course will introduce students to basic principles of laboratory based analytical methods that are currently used in Biomedical Research and Diagnostic and Forensic Pathology laboratories.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Describe the pathogenesis of specific diseases through the examination of patient specimens.
- Integrate the pathogenesis of key human diseases with the techniques used to study them.
- Investigate how disease specific cellular or biochemical changes can be experimentally detected and used to diagnose disease.
- Perform experimental or diagnostic laboratory technique specific to the investigation of human disease.
- Relate experimental observations with scientific literature and social perspective.
- Work individually and as a collaborative team to critically analyse research and complex concepts in relation to human disease.
- Communicate effectively with peers and professionals through written reports, oral presentations and online discussions.
The emphasis of this subject is to introduce students to the importance of research in the investigation of disease by undertaking experimental practical classes. This will enable students to:
- develop practical skills used in scientific investigation
- develop skills in the experimental design, analysis and interpretation of scientific data
- develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- develop an understanding of the importance of accurate recording, storage and retrieval of scientific information
- understand the ethical considerations of reliably performing, recording, storing and reporting scientific information
- improve written and oral communication skills
- develop the capacity to work as part of a team or independently.
Last updated: 22 February 2023