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MELS208 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology

An introduction to diagnostic pathology, which examines professional, cultural and ethical issues and includes modules on microbiology and immunology, clinical biochemistry, haematology, transfusion science, histology, molecular diagnostics and clinical genetics.

MELS 208 provides an introduction to the profession of Medical Laboratory Science through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. In this paper you will begin to develop a sense of professional identity as you explore the role of the Medical Laboratory Scientist in patient health care. You will acquire new theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills. You will learn about the scientific principles underlying diagnostic laboratory tests and also how the tests are applied in selected patient diagnoses. Bioethics and cultural competence, with special reference to the Treaty of Waitangi, are important aspects of becoming a professional Medical Laboratory Scientist and are included in the paper.

Paper title Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology
Paper code MELS208
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.3565
Points 45 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,853.07
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $13,176.24

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Restriction
MELS 207, MELS 221
Limited to
Limited to: BMLSc
Eligibility
For students enrolled in the second year of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree
Contact
admin.mlsc@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Convener: Catherine Ronayne
Jisha Anthony
Dr Judith Bateup
Dr Louise Bicknell
Dr Heather Brooks
Dr Braeden Donaldson
Mandy Fisher
Lisa Gallagher
Professor Mac Gardner
Dr Matloob Husain
Professor Jim Faed
Dr Jenny Grant
Dr David Markie
Associate Professor Alex McLellan
Professor Stephen Robertson
Paper Structure
The paper consists of a series of modules reflecting the different sub-disciplines of medical laboratory science along with general aspects of practice. Module topics are: medical microbiology, virology and immunology; medical laboratory practice; diagnostic chemical pathology; histopathology; diagnostic haematology; transfusion science; molecular diagnostics.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Through exposure to the diagnostic laboratory environment and the type of work involved in the practice of laboratory medicine, students will develop a sense of professional identity, appropriate attitudes and ethical awareness.
  • Each module will provide a solid foundation for the third-year, discipline-specific papers.
  • The style of teaching encourages self-directed learning, collaboration and communication with peers, staff and health professionals.

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 37
AND
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 39

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 36, 38
Monday 09:00-09:50 34, 37, 39
Monday 10:00-10:50 22, 34, 40
Monday 11:00-11:50 9-10, 13, 15-17
AND
B1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 10
AND
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-10, 13, 15-16
AND
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 11, 37
Thursday 14:00-14:50 34, 38, 40
AND
E1 Friday 08:00-08:50 34, 39
Friday 09:00-09:50 38
Friday 10:00-10:50 40
Friday 11:00-11:50 9, 15

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-32, 36-39
Tuesday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 13, 16
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 12, 19, 21
Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10, 15

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28
Monday 09:00-10:50 29-33
Monday 10:00-10:50 39
AND
B1 Tuesday 08:00-09:50 40
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 18
Tuesday 14:00-15:50 19-21
AND
C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 11
AND
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 34
Thursday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 18, 20-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 37
Thursday 14:00-15:50 28-33, 36
Thursday 15:00-15:50 34
AND
E1 Friday 09:00-10:50 28-29, 31-33, 36-37