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BB20258: Pathology

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 80%, PR 20%
Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 80%)
  • Practical (PR 20%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must ( take BB10005 AND take BB10006 AND take HL10034 AND take HL10182 ) OR ( take BB10264 AND take HL10034 AND take HL10182 )
While taking this module you must take BB20023 AND take BB20024
Learning Outcomes: After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe the normal functioning of human cells, tissues and organs, including the immune and endocrine systems;
* Describe the normal development of the human body;
* Explain the major molecular processes that lead to cellular repair and death;
* Explain the development and progress of neoplastic, endocrine, respiratory, immune, opthalmic and developmental disorders.

Aims: To introduce students to:
* the study and diagnosis of disease.
* research areas where knowledge of pathology might be relevant.
* key aspects of histology.
* the fundamentals of animal research legislation and regulation.

Skills: Knowledge and understanding T/F/A, Intellectual skills F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy F/A, Data acquisition, handling, and analysis T/F/A, Information technology T/F/A, Practical skills T/F/A, Problem solving T/F/A, Working independently and group working F/A.

Content: Healthy cell and tissue structure and functions; Organised growth of cells and tissues (differentiation and development); Cell injury and death (apoptosis and necrosis); Defence mechanisms (innate and acquired); Cellular and tissue responses to damage; Infectious agents and pathogenic effects; Neoplasia; Endocrine disorders; Developmental disorders; Respiratory diseases; Autoimmune diseases; Opthamology; NC3Rs in research.

Programme availability:

BB20258 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)


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