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Course Description

Magnified cells

A course designed for students with particular interests in nutrition and biology. The course presents basic concepts of disease in the cells, tissues, organs and fluids of the body. Emphasis will be on disease processes resulting from physical, toxic and microbiological and other causes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Define terminology and concepts of general pathology;
  2. Outline the basic processed resulting from neoplastic, physical, toxic, microbiological and immunologic causes;
  3. Describe major principles underlying basic tissue and organ changes and how these changes course potentially lead to disease; and
  4. Differentiate between accurate and inaccurate information in current health issues in popular culture related to the principles of disease.

Course Topics

  • Cell Degeneration and Death
  • Changes in Blood Flow and Body Fluid Balance
  • Inflammation
  • The Immune Response
  • Healing and Repair
  • Infection
  • Neoplasia

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1.50 credits in biology
Restriction(s): PATH*3600


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Quizzes (6) 5% 1, 2, 3
Midterm 1 13% 1, 2, 3
Midterm 2 13% 1, 2, 3
Midterm 3 13% 1, 2, 3
Final Exam  56% 1, 2, 3, 4
Total  100%  



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Principles of Disease
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller. 
Section Notes

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