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HTH 116 - Pathophysiology I - Winter 2020

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
HTH 300 Anatomy & Physiology
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Laera Gattoni
Course Dates:
01/20/2020 - 04/19/2020

Required Course Materials:
Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, Karin C. VanMeter; Robert J. Hubert
Optional Course Materials:
Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions Study Guide, Karin C. VanMeter; Robert J. Hubert
Course Description:
This course provides an overview of the physiological changes in the body that result from disease processes. Building on their knowledge and experience with human anatomy and physiology, students learn of the physiological changes that occur in the disruption of homeostasis. Utilizing a body-system approach, this course covers the etiology, clinical manifestations, physiology, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions of specific disease conditions.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
Apply biomedical terms, medical abbreviations, and acronyms typically encountered in healthcare documentation.
Clarify the role of risk factors and prevention in health and disease.
Demonstrate knowledge of the etiological course of a pathological condition and associated interventions.
Differentiate normal and abnormal results of common diagnostic interventions.
Describe the anatomical structure of the body including location and associated physiological function.
Assess healthcare documentation to determine consistency or inconsistency between clinical diagnoses and health record content.
Course Evaluation
The final grade is calculated based on the following components:
Discussion forum participation:  15%
Quizzes:  20%
Assignments:  30%
Final Examination:  35%
Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in health information management and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below) and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request. 

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hoursof the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in thecase of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which another credit has been obtained.
Improper collaboration in-group work.
Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to  so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (
Storm Closure Policy:

In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed.  All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed.  On-line courses will take place as scheduled.

Grading Scale:


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Course Schedule:


Module & Topic

Assignments/Graded Components

Module 1  Pathophysiology

Discussion/Participation Topic

Module 2 Basic Pharmacology and Other Therapies


Module 3 Inflammation and Healing

Quiz 1 Due

Module 4 Infection


Module 5 Skin Disorders

Quiz 2 Due

Module 6 Respiratory System Disorders


Module 7 Neoplasms and


Module 8 Digestive System Disorders

Assignment 1: Colorectal Cancer Screening Due

Discussion/Participation Topic

Module 9 Disorders of the Eyes and Ears

Quiz 3 Due

Module 10 Blood and Circulatory System Disorders


Module 11Cardiovascular System Disorders

Assignment 2: Myocardial Infarction Due

Module 12 Complications of Adolescence and Aging

Discussion/Participation Topic

Final Examination

Final Examination: Specific date and time to login to the complete the exam will be assigned by the Instructor.