Course Title: Clinical Biochemistry 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Biochemistry 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Ronda Greaves

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7080

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.007

Course Coordinator Availability: please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced pre-requisite (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare graduates for a career in clinical biochemistry or to pursue postgraduate research in the discipline.
Case studies are used extensively to highlight and explain the biochemical disorders underlying clinical diseases. The practical program emphasises problem solving to provide you with a high level of competency in the testing and investigating of pathology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine):

  • Knowledge Capability (PLO 1)
  • Technical Capability (PLO 2)
  • Professional Work Practices (PLO 3)
  • Research (PLO 6)


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the biochemistry and pathophysiology associated with tests performed in a clinical biochemistry laboratory
  2. Identify and interpret common result patterns related to pathophysiology in relation to routine clinical biochemistry
  3. Describe the principles of the analytical instruments in use in the routine clinical laboratory
  4. Discuss the importance of quality control and assurance to diagnostic work.

Overview of Learning Activities

The syllabus is covered in a program of lectures, self-directed learning exercises and practical exercises. The subject matter covered in this first semester course is designed to cover the common tests performed in a modern clinical biochemistry laboratory.

Case studies will be used to illustrate these concepts, with discussion of their interpretation encouraged in lectures, self-directed learning units and practicals.

Total study hours: 60 hours.  5 hours per week; Lecture 2 hours and practical 3 hours.  You are expected to do equivalent independent study hours per week.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include textbooks, self-directed learning notes, PowerPoint presentations, Lectopia recordings (when available), practical exercises, computer based activities, handouts and references on selected topics.  MyRMIT provides opportunities for students to independently access much of this material and use an asynchronous conference.

Overview of Assessment

This course has hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Theory:   Assessment Task 1: Final Theory exam   Weighting 40%   This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4   Assessment Task 2: Self directed learning   Weighting 10%   This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4   Practical:   Assessment Task 3:  Practical Reports   Weighting 40%   This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4   Assessment Task 4: Practical test   Weighting 10%    This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4