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Clinical Chemistry 1 (8071.4)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Diagnostic Pathology



    Clinical Chemistry 1 will provide an advanced knowledge of quality assurance requirements including laboratory method manual preparation, sources of error in analytical testing, measurement of uncertainty, the use and establishment of reference intervals and quality control principles. The clinical significance and analytical methods employed to assess the following are included: renal, liver and cardiac function, water and electrolyte balance, lipid, purine and carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes and acid/base balance. This unit is co-taught with unit Clinical Chemistry 1 G.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the use of quality systems in the clinical laboratory;

    2. Explain professionally the concepts of measurement of uncertainty

    3. Perform and interpret appropriate quality control procedures applicable to the clinical laboratory

    4. Integrate the use of biochemical tests and explain their clinical significance in the assessment of kidney, liver, heart function

    5. Professionally apply biochemical tests to health problems and explain their clinical significance in the assessment of lipid, purine and carbohydrate metabolism; and

    6. Professionally apply biochemical tests used in the assessment of acid/base balance.

    Contact Hours

    4 hours a week face-to-face, plus 1 hour a week online.


    Human Biochemistry, 6518, and Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science, 8070.



    Assumed Knowledge

    Fundamental biology, chemistry, statistical methods, technical writing, pathobiology, genetics and biochemistry.

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