PATH5122 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit covers specialised clinical biochemistry tests, including a solid grounding in the role of cutting edge technologies in clinical biochemistry laboratories. Diseases of a complex and multifactorial nature are covered.

Topics include reproductive and foetal health; molecular diagnostics; pharmacogenetics, drug monitoring and toxicology; tumour markers, prognostic stratification and therapies; and technologies in biochemical testing.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the theoretical concepts behind the validation and application of tests in clinical biochemistry; (2) describe examples of the technologies used to measure clinical biomarkers, critique and evaluate their usage; (3) demonstrate technical skills relating to the clinical biochemistry laboratory; (4) demonstrate analytical skills in the interpretation of clinical biochemistry test data; and (5) demonstrate skills in critique, synthesis and communication of concepts in clinical biochemistry.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workbooks; (2) practical reports; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Clayton Fragall
Unit rules
PATH5121 Clinical Biochemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/labs/workshops: 4 hours per week
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