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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedSunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Neetu Gopinath


This unit will introduce students to various aspects of Pathology and its importance in medical sciences. The unit covers

  1. Clinical Biochemistry which will include metabolisms of vitamins and minerals and organ functions;
  2. Haematology - this will involve general theory of haemopoiesis and anaemia and coagulation;
  3. General Pathology, Histopathology and Cytology will include principles of cell degeneration necrosis, healing and repair, basic cell structures and functions;
  4. Medical Parasitology and Entomology will be confined to protozoology and helminthology and basic knowledge of the life cycles and human diseases born by insects and arachnids.


On completion of this unit, students will have an understanding of how the organs and tissues of a healthy body change to those of a sick person. It provides an understanding of the disease processes encountered, their causes and their clinical effects. Therefore in General Pathology/ Histopathology/ Cytology the objective is to show some basic mechanisms by which the normal in the body is converted to the abnormal while Clinical Biochemistry will enable students to further their appreciation of the involvement of metabolic interrelationship in health and disease. Haematology will help the students to achieve an understanding of how blood diseases can be explained from the biochemical, physiological and immunological processes involved in normal cell functions and disturbances that may occur in different diseased states while Medical Parasitology and Entomology will help them in understanding the pathophysiology of some parasitic diseases found in Malaysia.


Assignment: 10%
Mid-semester test: 10%
Practical reports: 30%
Final Exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr. Ton So Ha

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour practical class and one 1-hour tutorial per week


BTH2741, BTH2752, ANT2331