SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B125914
Module Leader Elaine Gribben
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module is designed to provide an understanding of pathophysiological processes and the principles of drug use. The course will build on previous knowledge of physiology and establish the relationship between health and disease.


Alterations in Cell Function and Growth: Cell adaptation and injury. Genetic and Chromosomal Disorders; Developmental Disorders; Neoplasia Immune Response: Immunity and immune mechanisms; immunodeficiency states (including AIDS); allergy and hypersensitivity; auto immune disease. Inflammation and Repair: Inflammatory response; tissue healing and repair. Alterations in Skin Integrity and infectious diseases with skin involvement. Inflammatory disorders; allergic resonses. Haemostasis and Shock Disorders of White Blood Cells: Leukaemias; leukopaenia; agranulocytosis; lymphomas. Pain: Mechanisms of pain; alterations in pain sensitivity and perception. Treatment of pain; special types of pain. Alterations in Body Temperature: Fever; hyperthermia, treatment of fever and hyperthermia. Use of Drugs: Introduction to pharmacology; terminology; modes of drug action; untoward effects of drugs. A laboratory programme will complement and extend the lectures and tutorials /seminar programme with laboratories covering the following: Histopathology /staining. Pharmacology /Pharmacokinetics. Nervous System. In addition there wil be a student centred learning exercise on genetic developemental disorders.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. The alterations of structure and function of tissues due to disease.2. The basic changes in pathways and processes associated with disease.3. The body's response to disease.4. The fundamentals of treatment of disease.5. The students should also be able to analyse pathophysiological changes, prepare and interpret histological slides, interpret data from physiological /pharmacological experiments and communicate information.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The programme will consist of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Student centred teaching strategies will be employed to continue the development of students' transferable skills.

Indicative Reading

Grossman, S. (2013) Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States. 9 th Edition. Lippincott. Melzack and Wall (1996) The Challenge of Pain, 2nd Edition. Penguin Books Rang, H.P. Ritter, J.M., Flower, R.J., Henderson, G. (2015) Rang & Dale's Pharmacology. 8th edition, Churchill-Livingstone

Transferrable Skills

The module will contribute to the development of personal transferable skills in: - information retrieval; - accurate observation and measurement; - safe laboratory practice; - microscopy technique; - teamwork; - written communication.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 1.50 50.00 35% Test 2
Course Work 01 1.50 50.00 35% Test 1