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Unit Overview


The written assignments assess students' understanding of the theoretical bases of clinical genetics laboratory testing protocols and their ability to evaluate clinical data and present diagnostic reports. Written assignments also assess the students' knowledge of current literature relevant to the clinical genetics laboratory topic and their ability to produce scientific reports to a standard suitable for presentation to peers. The seminar assesses the students' ability to research a particular clinical case of interest and present it to a scientific meeting of their peers. The final written examination assesses students' quantitative knowledge and integrated understanding of the theoretical principles of clinical laboratory testing protocols as they relate to the diagnosis and presentation of genetic disorders and their treatment.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical knowledge and skills needed to supervise testing and develop clinical reports in a clinical cytogenetics laboratory; (2) demonstrate an understanding of an understanding of the core laboratory-based testing protocols particularly in the areas of constitutional chromosome disorders, cytogenetics of pregnancy, cytogenetics of human development cancer and leukemia cytogenetics; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the application of cytogenetic theory to evaluate, diagnose and report clinical findings relevant to cytogenetic disorders; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the ability to present reports and technical documentation to scientific peers within the clinical laboratory profession.


This comprises written assignments (40 per cent); a seminar presentation (10 per cent); and a three-hour written examination (50 per cent).

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor Ashleigh Murch
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Laboratory Medicine (92530).
PATH5516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics (formerly PATH8516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics)
Approved quota: 4—according to enrolments in the specialisation.
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