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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe selected disease processes from a biochemical and/or genetic viewpoint||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||employ problem solving, practice and application of genetic and biochemical concepts to clinical scenarios||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice|
|3||apply developments in gene therapy to the treatment of a wide range of genetic, non-genetic diseases and cancer||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||evaluate and justify biochemical and/or genetic clinical data and interpretations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||display theoretical and/or practical skills in the use of techniques such as measurement of enzyme activities, spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, and immunoassay||Knowledge of a discipline|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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