Course Title: Clinical Biochemistry 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Biochemistry 2

Credit Points: 12.00

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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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Yuh Ping Chong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7080

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.012

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.
  5. Analyse biological material and perform clinical biochemistry experiments with awareness of health and safety in a laboratory setting.

Overview of Learning Activities

The syllabus is covered in a program of online lectures (screen-casts), synchronous learning exercises and a combination of online and face-to-face practical exercises. The subject matter covered in this first semester course is designed to cover the common investigations performed in a modern clinical biochemistry laboratory.

Case studies will be used to illustrate these concepts. Self-directed learning activities, real-time reflective questions and scenario-based cases will further consolidate students’ ability to apply theory on data interpretation and problem-solving.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include textbooks, self-directed learning notes, recorded lectures (screen-casts), practical exercises, computer-based activities, handouts and references on selected topics.  The RMIT’s online Learning Management System (LMS) provides opportunities for students to independently access much of this material and use an asynchronous conference.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

HURDLE:  To obtain an overall pass, students must achieve at least 50% in practical components .

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Case Study-Based Assignment

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment Task 2: Mid Semester Online Test

Weighting 15%

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


Assessment Task 3: Practical Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Practical Competency Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment tasks supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5