HND701 - Pathophysiology of Diabetes


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 x 1 hour online seminars (recordings provided).


This unit develops an understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and its complications. It enables the student to understand the complexities of the pathophysiology which informs the methods of treatment of DM. On completion of the unit, students will be aware of the epidemiology of diabetes and its complications.

Students will understand the importance of health maintenance in the context of DM and will gain knowledge of how to reduce the risk of diabetes complications.

This unit explores the pathophysiological pathways that occur leading to a diagnosis of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes and the distinction between the different types of diabetes. The pathophysiology and progression of acute and chronic diabetes complications is examined and is a pre-requisite for understanding the management of diabetes, which is the focus of HND702 unit.

An epidemiological perspective shows how diabetes has evolved to become one of the world’s most prevalent non-communicable chronic health conditions. The Unit material draws on current research and theory to explain the complexities behind the diagnosis and classification of diabetes and the development of its complications.

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