Pathology (BIO300)

Pathology comprises the processes/pathways involved in disease development.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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In this course students will learn about the processes/pathways that are involved in disease development. We will use examples from cancer, auto-immune diseases, cardiology, neurological diseases (Parkinson, Alzheimer) and diabetes.

Learning outcome

  • Understand how cells react to change in the local environment
  • Understand the cause, development, morphology and clinical significance of changes in the body / tissues and cells
  • Learn to understand and recognize diseases of the heart, lungs, salivary glands, digestive system, and nervous system
  • Understand how environmental factors and nutrition can cause disease
  • Learn more about the biology behind cancer development
  • Recognize cell changes both macroscopically and microscopically

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

BIO100 Cell Biology, BIO110 Anatomy and Physiology


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades None permitted

Coursework requirements

Mandatory Presentation
The student must give a compulsory presentation (5 minutes). This must be approved for the student to be admitted to the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Emiel Janssen

Course teacher:

Emiel Janssen

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Study Program Director:

Cathrine Lillo

Method of work

Four hours lectures each week all at the hospital, some as well at the department of pathology (looking at organs and doing some microscopy).

Open for

Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto