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BIO2215 Clinical Biochemistry 1

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Pre-requisite: BIO1103 and CHE2120


Medical laboratory scientists working in clinical biochemistry laboratories interact with clinicians and other healthcare professionals to generate and interpret data from the biochemical analysis of clinical specimens. These investigations assist in determining the metabolic status of patients, the diagnosis of a wide range of diseases and the monitoring of the efficacy of therapeutic interventions. This course, will provide students with the theoretical knowledge that underpins biochemical assays and the interpretation of biochemical data.
This course will prepare students for a Pathology Clinical Placement in the biochemistry department of a clinical pathology laboratory.

This course builds on the foundational knowledge acquired in the clinical biochemistry module of BIO1103 Pathology Studies with a more in-depth study of human biochemistry in health and disease. Clinical Biochemistry 1 explores the physiology and pathophysiology of major human organ systems and the metabolism of important macro and micronutrients. This course also provides an overview of the major homeostatic mechanisms in the human body and explores the pathophysiology and associated laboratory investigation of homeostatic disturbances. The effect of pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical factors on biochemical data, the establishment and use of reference ranges and the nature and importance of quality control and quality assurance procedures are also investigated. This course also provides an overview of the analytical instrumentation and analytical methods used in clinical biochemistry laboratories and investigates the work health and safety issues associated with working in a clinical biochemistry laboratory.

Clinical Biochemistry 1 will provide a solid background in the discipline to prepare students to undertake more advanced studies in this discipline or to commence work in either a diagnostic or research setting.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students. As part of the University's accreditation agreement with the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS), students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in this course. Students are also required to attend the mandatory residential school and obtain at least 50% of the marks allocated to the practical/laboratory skills assessment in this course.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 External
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 25 March 2023