Course Title: Advanced Clinical Biochemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Clinical Biochemistry

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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: Dr Ronda Greaves

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7080

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2.15

Course Coordinator Availability: please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced pre-requisite:  ONPS2340 Clinical Biochemistry 1 or equivalent.

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in clinical biochemistry or to pursue postgraduate research in the discipline. The syllabus is covered in a program of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical exercises designed to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge.

The subject matter covered in this first semester course is designed to cover the core and specialised tests commonly performed in a modern clinical biochemistry laboratory.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine:

  • PLO1.  knowledge capability
  • PLO2.  technical capability
  • PLO3.  professional work practices
  • PLO6.  research capability

On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1.  Interpret proficiently results of routine clinical biochemistry investigations
CLO2.  Apply knowledge to the role of clinical biochemistry in clinical diagnosis
CLO3. Show problem-solving skills relevant to the practice of clinical biochemistry
CLO4.  Be familiar with the literature in Clinical Biochemistry and able to extract and present relevant information
CLO5.  Demonstrate a spirit of enquiry and enthusiasm to continue your learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, practical classes, tutorials, assignments and self-directed learning activities.

On line learning activities will take place using MyRMIT.

Total study hours:  7 hours per week.  Lecture 2 hours, tutorial 2 hours and practical 3 hours.  You are expected to do equivalent independent study each week.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include a prescribed textbook, course notes, Powerpoint slides and self-directed study questions. The MyRMIT will be used to provide independent learning materials and an online conference.

MyRMIT will be used to provide learning resources in this course as well as an online conference to facilitate asynchronous discussion on topic related to course content.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has hurdle requirements. You need to pass both theory and practical to pass this course.

Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1: Final theory exam (3 hours)

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5.

Assessment Task 2:  Advanced assignments and tutorial activities

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4.


Assessment Task 3: Practical Reports

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 3.

Assessment Task 4: Practical Test

Weighting 20% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 and 3.