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HIM 110 : Introduction to Human Pathology

Professor: David Munch


In HIM 110, you will learn the pathophysiology of disease with emphasis on signs and symptoms of commonly occurring disease processes with associated treatment protocols. 

You will learn through reading assignments, exercises and group discussions. 

What you learn in this course will benefit you by giving you an understanding of the cause, manifestations, treatment, and prognosis of disease processes. 


  • HIM 111, HIT 111 or prior health care experience.



If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the concepts of cellular adaptation, cellular injury, and cellular death, and describe the manifestations of cellular injury. 
  • Understand the characteristics of the immunue system and describe cellular interactions in the immune system. 
  • Discuss the characteristics of the inflammatory response mechanism and describe the cellular interactions in both acute and chronic inflammations; recognize alterations in immunity and inflammation. 
  • Explain the concepts of carcinogenesis, the genetics of malignant neoplasms, and the immunobiology of malignant neoplasms. 
  • By applying knowledge regarding signs and symptoms, pathophysiology, and treatment protocols, suggest a diagnosis in a series of case studies. 
  • Describe the signs and symptoms, pathophysiology, and treatment protocols for the conditions listed in the course guide for each of the ten body systems studied. 
  • Use reference materials appropriately to research and enhance knowledge of signs, symptoms, pathophysiology and treatment protocols for human diseases.




Your course grade will be determined by the following:

Percentage of Grade
4 Exams

Grading Scale
92 - 100
82 - 91
72 - 81
62 - 71



There are 4 exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

  This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (800) 627-5443.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail : dmunch@nvcc.edu
Telephone : ( 703) 822-6641


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.