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HSC1300: Human health and disease

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Human health and disease

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This unit provides an introduction to the course of disease for common health conditions, and their impact on individuals and populations.The unit outlines different types of disease, and explores common diseases from pathophysiological, psychosocial, and epidemiological perspectives. The course of disease, and contributing and risk factors at the individual and social levels are explored, as well as the consequences for individuals, health systems, and society.Particular conditions considered will vary but will include diseases across the communicable, non-communicable, acute, chronic and degenerative conditions.


1 - Case studies (1,500 words) - 20% 2 - Disease portfolio (2,000 words) and group oral presentation (10 minutes) - Written report - 25% Oral presentation - 10% - 35% 3 - Final examination (2 hours and 10 minutes) - 45% Hurdle type: Threshold Hurdle description: You must achieve a mark of 45% in this assessment task to achieve the hurdle.


1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.