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Techniques for Investigation of Disease (PATH30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePATH30002
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Semester 1
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Techniques for Investigation of Disease aims to develop a sound practical and theoretical understanding of the scientific investigation of disease by the examination of key experimental techniques in the context of particular diseases. Students will undertake macroscopic and microscopic examination of diseased tissue to consolidate their understanding of disease processes developed in PATH30001. Students will use protein, nucleic acid and morphological analysis methods to aid in their diagnosis of disease. This will be complemented by critical analysis of published research papers and computer assisted learning practicals.

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 Pathology Research, Diagnostic Pathology and Forensic Pathology.

Intended learning outcomes

The general aims of the practical course are:

  • to extend and complement the PATH30001 Mechanism of Human Disease lecture material.
  • to provide an experience in a variety of experimental techniques related to pathology.
  • to provide experience in experimental design, data analysis and the experimental approach to problem solving.

Generic skills

The emphasis of this subject is to introduce students to the importance of research in the investigation of disease by undertaking experimental practicals. This will enable students to:

• develop practical skills used in biomedical investigation.

• develop skills in the experimental design, analysis and interpretation of scientific data which may be applied across the various scientific disciplines.

• develop critical thinking and problem solving techniques by the analysis and interpretation of scientific data.

• develop an understanding of the importance of accurate recording, storage and retrieval of scientific information based on the Code of Conduct for Research at the University of Melbourne.

• understand the ethical considerations of reliably performing, recording, storing and reporting scientific information.

• improve written and oral communication skills by the preparation of a detailed written scientific reports.

• develop the capacity to work as part of a team or independently.

Last updated: 29 January 2019