BIOL 3006


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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 intervals. Laboratory investigation of disorders of water and electrolyte balance; acid/base balance; kidney function; liver function; carbohydrate metabolism; calcium and phosphate metabolism.  Laboratory automation. 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.


Dasgupta, A; and Wahed, A., Clinical Chemistry, Immunology and Laboratory Quality Control: A Comprehensive Review for Board Preparation, Current, Elsevier , San Diego

Clarke, William et al 2020, Contemporary Practice in Clinical Chemistry, 4th edition, Academic Press, England


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



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 1 hour x 13 weeks
Practical 5 hours x 11 weeks

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


Examination, Report, Test/Quiz


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Course Coordinators

UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

Degrees this course is offered in

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