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Area/Catalogue
BIOL 3006

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
010925

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s
First Semester
(Study Period 2)

Course aim

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the application of biochemical and molecular techniques for the detection, monitoring and assessment of metabolic and genetic diseases.

Course content

Role of the clinical chemistry laboratory in diagnosis of diseases. Specimen collection and handling. Quality assurance; sources of error. Use and establishment of reference ranges. Laboratory investigation of disorders of water and electrolyte balance; acid/base balance; kidney function; liver function; carbohydrate metabolism; calcium and phosphate metabolism.  Eukaryote genes: structure, function and control; translation control. Genomics. DNA sequence analysis, gene mapping; ethical issues. Diagnostic techniques: nucleic acid amplification, mutation detection, gene expression analysis, chromosome analysis and protein detection. Therapy for genetic diseases.

Textbook(s)

Bishop ML, Fody EP, Schoeff L. 2013, Clinical Chemistry - Techniques, Principles, Correlations, 7, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Read A, Donnai D 2011, New Clinical Genetics, 2nd, Scion

Prerequisite(s)

All first and second year courses in the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine program.

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 1 hour x 13 weeks
Practical 5 hours x 8 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, CITY EAST
Test - 15% 1 hour
Practical exercises - 25% -
Examination - 60% 3 hours

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.1250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

Course Coordinators

School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

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