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,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Cindy O'Malley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7590

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.014E

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

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:

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

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

  1. Interpret proficiently results of routine clinical biochemistry investigations
  2. Apply knowledge to the role of clinical biochemistry in clinical diagnosis
  3. Show problem-solving skills relevant to the practice of clinical biochemistry
  4. Be familiar with the literature in Clinical Biochemistry and able to extract and present relevant information

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Online 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 13 hours 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, 2, 3 & 4   

Assessment Task 2:  Tutorial Test

Weighting 10%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4  


Assessment Task 3: Assessment of practical work

Weighting 30%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3   

Assessment Task 4: Practical Test  

Weighting 20%   

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3