Course Title: Perform chemical pathology tests

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: BIOL5225C

Course Title: Perform chemical pathology tests

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5362 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 130

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites



MSL974003 Perform chemical tests and  procedures


MSL974006 Perform biological procedures

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to perform tests and procedures associated with the detection and monitoring of tissue and bodily fluid responses to normal physiological processes and disease through the identification and quantifying of chemical components. It covers tests and procedures that are usually associated with the discipline of clinical biochemistry. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975004 Perform chemical pathology tests


1 Process samples and associated request forms

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Ensure sample labels and request forms are correctly completed in accordance with workplace requirements 1.2 Return samples and request forms that do not comply with requirements to their source with reasons for non-acceptance 1.3 Log acceptable samples, applying required document tracking mechanisms 1.4 Process samples as required by test procedure and request status 1.5 Store sample components under optimal conditions until required for testing


2 Perform tests

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select authorised tests indicated for the requested investigations 2.2 Conduct individual tests, or batches of tests, according to documented methodologies, applying required quality control procedures 2.3 Manage tasks and organise work to ensure efficient use of time 2.4 Flag test results that are outside accepted quality control limits 2.5 Apply cognitive and technical processes to discriminate between significant data and artefact 2.6 Confirm with supervisor any further testing requirements 2.7 Record all test data, noting any phenomena that may be relevant to the treatment of data or the interpretation of results 2.8 Store unused sample for possible future reference


3 Maintain a safe work area and environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel 3.2 Clean up spills using appropriate techniques to protect personnel, work area and environment 3.3 Identify instrument malfunction that may impact on safe operation 3.4 Ensure the safe disposal of biohazardous materials and other laboratory waste in accordance with workplace procedures


4 Maintain laboratory records

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Make entries on report forms or into computer systems, accurately calculating, recording or transcribing required data 4.2 Maintain instrument logs as required by accreditation checklists 4.3 Maintain security and confidentiality of all clinical information, laboratory data and records

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

learning activities include face to face theory classes, online exercises, laboratory classes and worksheets

Teaching Schedule

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Gaw, M. Murphy, R. Cowan, D. O'Reilly, M. Stewart, J. Shepard. (2008) Clinical Biochemistry, An illustrated colour text, 4th edition. Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier), Sydney

ISBN 9780443069321

Upfal and O'Callaghan (2001) Your Medical Tests. Every person's guide to common medical tests and diagnostic images. Black Inc. Melbourne

ISBN 1-86395-075-3

Other Resources



Overview of Assessment

In- class data analysis

Research assignment

group presentation

written tests

laboratory logbook

Automation and POCT Logbook

Assessment Tasks




  • Decision making rules

    Every task must be completed satisfactorily for competence to be achieved.
    *Competence must be achieved before grades are allocated.

    Assessment Information

    This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment

    CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)

    CDI Competent with Distinction (60 – 79%)

    CC Competent with Credit (50 – 59%)

    CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (0 – 49%)

    NYC Not Yet Competent

    DNS Did Not Submit for assessment


    To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).


    Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.


    APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.


    For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


    A minimum of 80% attendance at practical classes is required to pass this course. If you are sick you should submit a medical certificate to 6th floor office addressed to the Program Coordinator. If you miss a practical class that is a prac report write up you need to provide a medical certificate (or other evidence) and arrange an alternative report with your teacher


    Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.





Assessment Matrix

Other Information



The following books are used in this course. Note that the required texts are essential for completion of the weekly questions in this course. Some copies are available at the library; however, you will find you refer to these books frequently, so are well worth purchasing.

  1. Practical Manuals: Part A) Semester 1 and Part B) Semester 2. PRINT AND BRING A COPY TO CLASS. Digital copy available on Blackboard.
  2. Automation and Point of Care Testing Manual. PRINT AND BRING A COPY TO CLASS week 11 & week 12. Digital copy available on Blackboard.


  1. Logbook: A logbook is required for this course to record all experimental details. The logbook must be brought to class each week and signed off by the teacher.
    The book needs to be a bound NON-SPIRAL exercise book.
    Completion of experimental records in the logbook trains students how to keep good records that can be used as “proof of discovery”. These logbooks form legal documents that can be used to prove discovery for Intellectual Property & patenting purposes & thus form an important part of the course. SPIRAL bound books ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.


  1. Required Texts
  • Gaw, M. Murphy, R. Cowan, D. O'Reilly, M. Stewart, J. Shepard. (2008) Clinical Biochemistry, An illustrated colour text, 4th edition. Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier), Sydney, ISBN 9780443069321.
    (The 3rd ed is also ok).
  • Upfal and O'Callaghan (2001) Your Medical Tests. Every person's guide to common medical tests and diagnostic images. Black Inc. Melbourne ISBN 1-86395-075-3 Can be purchased direct from the author at a discount rate, this will be organised early in the year.


  1. Recommended Texts
  • This is a very nice simple text that explains lots of lab techniques, especially electrophoresis and chromatography techniques and other techniques including enzyme kinetics, spectrophotometry and molecular diagnostics.
    Boyer R. (2006) Biochemistry Laboratory Modern Theory and Techniques, Benjamin Cummings - Available in the library: Call No. 572.078 B791

 A useful reference for in depth study:

Kaplan, Lawrence A., Pesce, Amadeo J. & Kazmierczak, Steven C. (2003)
Clinical chemistry: theory, analysis, correlation, 4th ed. St. Louis, Mo, Mosby

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