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Unit Overview


This unit builds on PATH5516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics and provides students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the practical aspects of core clinical laboratory cytogenetics including (1) tissue culture techniques; (2) karyotype analysis; (3) fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) techniques and analysis; (4) microarray analysis; (5) determining appropriate testing regimes; and (6) preparation of appropriate reports. The unit is designed to provide the practical knowledge to supervise routine testing in all aspects of clinical laboratory cytogenetics and to produce clinical cytogenetic test reports at the level required in a sophisticated tertiary cytogenetics laboratory setting. It is not designed to provide the theoretical basis of this testing.

6 points

Students acquire the practical knowledge and skills needed to supervise testing and develop clinical reports in a clinical cytogenetics laboratory.


This comprises an assessment of case-study reports (50 per cent); a practical examination to assess karyotyping skills, FISH and microarray interpretive skills (40 per cent); and a seminar presentation (10 per cent).

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

Unit rules
PATH5516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics (formerly PATH8516 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics)
Approved quota: 4—according to enrolments in the specialisation.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.