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Clinical Biochemistry I (BMS323)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 25 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Clinical biochemistry is the stream of clinical pathology that measures levels of medically and physiologically important substances in body fluids for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This unit will equip students with knowledge and understanding of routine diagnostic clinical biochemistry practice and develop the skills required to function in a diagnostic biochemistry laboratory. Topics covered include specimen collection, processing and storage, pathophysiology and laboratory investigations of renal and liver function, electrolyte and acid-base balance, and quality control and assurance.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes and skills:
1. Knowledge, through demonstrating understanding of the analytical principles used in clinical biochemistry to measure analytes in body fluids in health and disease.
2. Communication, through the reporting of laboratory results, writing laboratory reports, and through interactive analysis and discussion of case studies.
3. Problem solving skills, through diagnostic strategies involved in the interpretation of laboratory results and clinical data.
4. Social responsibility, through demonstrating understanding of ethical issues and responsibilities related to clinical biochemistry and the broader pathology industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/Tutorials: 3 hours per week; laboratory sessions: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with practical laboratory sessions. In this way, the lectures inform the practical sessions, while the practicals reinforce the lecture content and develop the students experimental, generic and problem-solving skills. The practicals are designed to ensure student exposure to all the key techniques of the clinical biochemistry discipline.
Assessment There are six assessments:
1) Laboratory Summary Reports. 10% individual.
2) Mid semester test: 15% Individual.
3) Assignment: students to undertake independent scientific structured report on an allocated topic. 15% Individual.
4) Practical exam: 20%
5) Acid/base assignment. 5% individual,
6) Theory exam: 35% Individual.
Prerequisites BIO247 Biochemistry
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Due to limited laboratory space and equipment. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) or Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Conservation and Wildlife Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Management and Sustainability (BSc) [New in 2014]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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