PATH5121 Clinical Biochemistry

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit covers the principles behind the diagnosis and monitoring of disease states through biochemical testing. Topics cover pathological changes in tissues and cells, and how these changes can be detected through biochemical analyses.

Topics include lipids and cardiovascular testing (including risk stratification); liver function, enzymology; electrolytes, renal calculi and acid-base balance; and endocrine function and regulation.

Analysis and interpretation of data drawn from routine clinical laboratory practice enables students to demonstrate their understanding of these subject areas.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of pathophysiological processes that lead to disease and how biochemical markers can be used to draw conclusions about a patient; (2) demonstrate technical skills relating to the clinical biochemistry laboratory; (3) demonstrate analytical skills in the interpretation of clinical biochemistry test data; and (4) demonstrate skills in critique, synthesis and communication of concepts in clinical biochemistry.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workbooks; (2) quizzes; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chris Cruickshank
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Clinical Pathology 92510
or
other relevant postgraduate degree as determined by the Faculty.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/labs/workshops: 4 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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