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Unit information: Pathological Basis of Disease in 2015/16

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Unit name Pathological Basis of Disease
Unit code VETS30008
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Tarlton
Open unit status Not open

ANAT10101,ANAT10102,PHYY10100 ANAT20303 as well as either PHYY20100 or PANM22041 & PANM22042


VETS23005, VETS30012

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

  • To provide an understanding of the different processes by which infectious agents can cause a host to become infected.
  • Outline how the immune system reacts to provide an appropriate response to different pathogens and how this information can be used to inform vaccine development and use.
  • To provide a sound knowledge base on how inflammation is involved in tissue repair and infection.
  • To develop an understanding of the basis of musculoskeletal diseases and their treatments
  • To explore the function of research in informing clinical practice

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To acquire a good knowledge of the basic physiology of the musculoskeletal structures, including bones, joints, tendons, ligaments skin and teeth, how they respond to injury, how dysfunction leads to disease, and how this knowledge is the basis for therapy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relative importance of bacterial virulence and host resistance in the establishment of different zoonotic diseases.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the immune response to different classes of pathogens.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of vaccination in the control of infectious disease.
  • To appreciate how research contributes to medical advances, and how using the principles of the scientific approach leads to evidence based medicine and better clinical practice. To provide competency in critical analysis and management of data and study outcome.

Teaching Information

Lectures and Seminars

Assessment Information

Students will undertake a 3 hour paper (100%) to include two essay questions from a choice of four (2hrs) and also a data handling question (1 hr)

Reading and References

These will be journal articles relevant to the teaching which are current at the time of delivery of the lectures.