Course Title: Advanced Clinical Biochemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Clinical Biochemistry

Credit Points: 24.00

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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,
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-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

Course Leaning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include online lectures (screen-casts), synchronous learning exercises (tutorials, real-time reflective questions, clinical case studies) to strengthen students’ capability to apply theory on data interpretation and problem-solving.

The practical component is structured to demonstrate a high level of competency in analysing biological material to problem-solve practical-based scenarios. A combination of online and face-to-face practical exercises will be implemented consistently throughout the semester.

Online learning activities will take place using the RMIT’s online Learning Management System (LMS).

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include a prescribed textbook, self-directed learning notes, recorded lectures (screen-casts), case-based questions, published peer-reviewed clinical biochemistry journal articles and practical exercises. The RMIT’s online Learning Management System (LMS) will be used to provide independent learning materials.

The LMS will also 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

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 the practical components and an overall grade greater than or equal to 50%

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Case Study-Based Assignment

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 2: Mid Semester Assessment

Weighting  15%

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

Assessment Task 3: Group Oral Presentation

Weighting  10% 

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


Assessment Task 4: Practical Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 5: Practical Competency Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5