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Unit Overview


Learning activity objectives are achieved by a combination of tutorials, self directed learning (using study guides); case based learning (using examples drawn from routine clinical laboratory practice; participation in case/slide reviews, educational meetings and journal clubs; composing written reports on laboratory test results, their interpretation and relevance). A case based approach to learning (combined with the study guides) ensures that the student focus is on the key learning objectives. The cases are selected to challenge the students' understanding of the topic and provide fertile ground for discussion between the student and the topic tutor. In addition, the knowledge acquired during the unit is assessed by submission of assignments and reports and presentation at journal clubs and in-house laboratory scientific meetings. A thorough understanding of the impact of pre-analytical factors on laboratory results and a deep knowledge of the methodology and instrumentation used for laboratory testing is expected and will be assessed by the cases, the study guide questions and informally by the tutor.

6 points

Students (1) are familiar with the methods for measuring the following enzymes: ALT, AST, CK, ALP, LDH, cholinesterase; (2) are confident in interpreting enzyme results; (3) understand the limited utility of laboratory tumour markers and are able to discuss the risks of screening healthy individuals with tumour markers; (4) are familiar with the interpretation of results for the following tumour markers: CEA, AFP, hCG, PSA, CA125, CA15-3, CA19-9, 5 HIAA, platelet serotonin, urinary catecholamines, free metanephrines; (5) are familiar with the interpretation and measurement of total protein, albumin in blood or urine and specific proteins (caeruloplasmin, alpha-1-antitrypsin, haptoglobin, transferrin) in blood; and (6) have a sound knowledge of protein electrophoresis, immunofixation, capillary electrophoresis and isoelectric focusing methods and are confident in the interpretation of the results and familiar with the clinical implications.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two-hour written examination (35 per cent); (2) written assignment (35 per cent); and (3) seminar presentation (30 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Laboratory Medicine (92530)
Approved quota: 12—according to enrolment in the specialisation
Contact hours
5 hours
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