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ML5301 - Advanced Clinical Biochemistry 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject introduces the student to the clinical chemistry laboratory. The student will be led through fundamental issues of spectrophotometric analysis, quality assurance, basic technical skills and laboratory manual preparation. Organ system function will be reviewed with a focus on the methods required for the determination of disorders and the clinical interpretation of results.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an integrated theoretical and technical knowledge of basic methods of clinical chemical analysis;
  • demonstrate an integrated theoretical and technical knowledge of quality assurance application and interpretation;
  • apply recognized methods and tools of clinical biochemistry in a clinical/medical investigative context;
  • reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs, relevant to clinical biochemistry and working as a professional medical laboratory scientist;
  • exercise judgment to interpret and comment on data collected during practical/clinical sessions and the interpretation of clinical case studies.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Practical Examination - (25%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (25%).

Special Assessment Requirements

A pass in both the practical and theoretical components of this subject is required to pass the subject. Also satisfactory completion of assignment and case studies.

Prerequisites: At the discretion of the postgraduate academic adviser in consultation with the MLS course coordinator


Townsville, Study Period 8, Intensive
Census Date 13-Aug-2020
Non-standard start/end 13-Jul-2020 to 02-Oct-2020
Face to face teaching 13-Jul-2020 to 07-Aug-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Miss Hayley Marshall.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.