Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Expands on student knowledge of human disease by incorporating results of clinical biochemistry and genetic investigations. 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

  • Biochemical tests in clinical medicine.
  • Disturbances of water and electrolytes.
  • Bone metabolism.
  • Gastrointestinal tract disease.
  • Glucose metabolism.
  • Disorders of metabolism.
  • Biochemical endocrinology.
  • Neurotransmitters.
  • Biochemistry of renal and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Clinical biochemistry in paediatrics, pregnancy and in the elderly.
  • Regulation of gene expression.
  • Cellular homeostasis: cell growth and cancer.

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Murphy, M, Srivastava, R & Deans, K, 2018, Clinical Biochemistry: An Illustrated Colour Text, 6th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Great Britain. ISBN: 9780702072987.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (7 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (5 weeks)
Competency Check10%
Exam: practical30%
Exam: closed book60%

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