SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B226357
Module Leader Joyce Nicol
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1B12670 Human Physiology (SCQF 7) or equivalent

Summary of Content

The module is designed to provide an understanding of general pathophysiological processes. This will build on the students' previous knowledge of normal human physiology and study pathophysiological processes that will underlie a variety of disease conditions.


Cell adaptation and injury. Genetic and Developmental Disorders Neoplasia Immunopathology Inflammation and tissue repair Alterations in skin integrity and infectious diseases with skin involvement. Pain: m echanisms of pain; alterations in pain sensitivity and perception, special types of pain. Haemostasis and Shock Haematological disorders Thermoregulation and fever Endocrine disorders Circadian physiology Ageing and lifespan changes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Describe the changes in physiological processes associated with disease.2. Discuss the alterations of structure and function of tissues due to disease.3. Explain the body's response and adaptation to disease.4. Relate this to the fundamentals of treatment of disease.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The programme consists of lectures and tutorials. The emphasis in both lectures and tutorials, will be on student participation. Student-centred teaching strategies will be employed to continue the development of students' transferable skills. The subject areas covered in the module provide the student with a broad and basic understanding of pathophysiology. The lecture material is challenging, relative to the real world, requires substantial self-input and is engaging and generative producing engaged learners who are knowledgeable, confident and are able to make professional judgement and take responsibility in order to solve real world scientific and medical problems creatively.

Indicative Reading

Kierszenbaum AL & Tres L (2015) Histology & Cell Biology: An introduction to Pathology 4 th Edition; Elsevier Naish J & Court DS (2015) Medical Sciences; 2 nd Edition; Saunders Norris TL (2019) Porth's Pathophysiology; Concept of altered health states, Philadelphia; Wolters Kluwer

Transferrable Skills

The module will contribute to the development of personal transferable skills in: - information retrieval - written communication - integration of information - peer supported learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 35% Class Test 1
Exam (Dept) 02 1.00 50.00 35% Class Test 2