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ML5302 - Advanced Clinical Biochemistry 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

This subject continues from ML5301 in the study of the clinical aspects of biochemical analysis. Endocrine function and analysis of disorders, protein and immunoglobulin determination, therapeutic drug monitoring and tumour markers, iron and lipid disorders. The issues of enzyme analysis and immunoassays will be discussed and practised. Advanced analytical methods will be introduced. The subject will use case study tutorial sessions to facilitate the teaching of the clinical interpretation of results. This subject completes the professional competency required for a graduate clinical biochemistry, medical laboratory scientist.

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

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Case Study Presentation - (25%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (25%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; At least 50% in practical component including on-course assessment; At least 50% in the Theory Examination

Prerequisites: At the discretion of the post -graduate academic advisor in consultation with the MLS course co-ordinator


Townsville, Study Period 8, Intensive
Census Date 10-Aug-2023
Face to face teaching 07-Aug-2023 to 01-Sep-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours specialised
  • 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.