Unit description

Expands on student knowledge of human disease by incorporating results of clinical biochemistry and genetic investigations. Biochemical abnormalities and common heritable genetic defects that lead to various disease states, their diagnosis, clinical analysis and aims of treatment are studied. In addition, students further develop their practical skills in biochemical and molecular analytical techniques. Current trends in biochemical/molecular research including gene therapy are also presented.

Unit content

Topic 1: Test requests and interpretation

Topic 2: Trauma, inflammation, immunity and malignancy

Topic 3: Gastrointestinal tract disease

Topic 4: Disorders of metabolism: iron and porphyrin, uric acid, gout and purine

Topic 5: Diabetes mellitus

Topic 6: Disturbances of water and electrolytes

Topic 7: Acid-base balance and oxygen transport

Topic 8: Disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary

Topic 9: Central nervous system and cerebrospinal fluid

Topic 10: Cardiovascular disorders

Topic 11: Renal disease

Topic 12: Clinical biochemistry of paediatrics and the elderly

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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