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MELS301 Diagnostic Chemical Pathology

A study of systematic chemical pathology, including the major organ systems, their diseases and biochemical abnormalities, metabolic diseases, and the molecular basis of inherited diseases including basic analytical techniques, instrumentation and data-processing.

Chemical pathology, also known as clinical chemistry or clinical biochemistry, involves the investigation of the biochemical and molecular changes that occur as part of the disease process. This involves the analysis of the biochemical components of various types of patient samples, such as blood and urine. Results may be obtained via the use of specialised manual techniques or by utilising large, complex, automated analysis systems. All of the major body systems and their associated biochemical markers are explored, including proteins, enzymes, liver function, electrolytes, blood gases, lipids, endocrinology, therapeutic drug monitoring and genetics.

Paper title Diagnostic Chemical Pathology
Paper code MELS301
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,961.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $8,800.00

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Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
Passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Tutor: Mrs Lisa Gallagher
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following key modules:
  • Proteins
  • Laboratory practice
  • Enzymes
  • Liver function
  • Electrolytes, water and gases
  • Diabetes
  • Calcium
  • Lipids and lipoproteins
  • Thyroid and adrenal cortex
  • Endocrine B
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology
  • Genetics
Textbooks
Tietz, Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry and molecular Diagnostics, 7th Ed, Burtis Ashwood and Bruns
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A good understanding of the fundamental theoretical concepts of chemical pathology and how these relate to the biochemical abnormalities observed in disease
  • A good understanding of the various laboratory techniques used during the analysis of clinical specimens and their limitations
  • A good understanding of quality assurance and how this relates to the chemical pathology laboratory
  • The ability to interpret data from laboratory investigations and integrate these with relevant clinical information and pathophysiology
  • To develop an understanding of professionalism and ethical practice

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36-40
Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-40
Wednesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 34, 36-38, 40-41
Monday 11:00-12:50 29-33, 39
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 31
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 31
AND
D1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
E1 Friday 09:00-10:50 28, 32-34, 36-38, 40-41
Friday 11:00-12:50 29-31, 39
Friday 14:00-15:50 40
Friday 15:00-15:50 28-33, 36-37, 39
Friday 15:00-16:50 34, 38

A study of systematic chemical pathology, including the major organ systems, their diseases and biochemical abnormalities, metabolic diseases, and the molecular basis of inherited diseases including basic analytical techniques, instrumentation and data-processing.

Chemical pathology, also known as clinical chemistry or clinical biochemistry, involves the investigation of the biochemical and molecular changes that occur as part of the disease process. This involves the analysis of the biochemical components of various types of patient samples, such as blood and urine. Results may be obtained via the use of specialised manual techniques or by utilising large, complex, automated analysis systems. All of the major body systems and their associated biochemical markers are explored, including proteins, enzymes, liver function, electrolytes, blood gases, lipids, endocrinology, therapeutic drug monitoring and genetics.

Paper title Diagnostic Chemical Pathology
Paper code MELS301
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,000.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,240.00

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Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
Passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Tutor: Mrs Lisa Gallagher
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following key modules:
  • Proteins
  • Laboratory practice
  • Enzymes
  • Liver function
  • Electrolytes, water and gases
  • Diabetes
  • Calcium
  • Lipids and lipoproteins
  • Thyroid and adrenal cortex
  • Endocrine B
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology
  • Genetics
Textbooks
Tietz, Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry and molecular Diagnostics, 7th Ed, Burtis Ashwood and Bruns
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A good understanding of the fundamental theoretical concepts of chemical pathology and how these relate to the biochemical abnormalities observed in disease
  • A good understanding of the various laboratory techniques used during the analysis of clinical specimens and their limitations
  • A good understanding of quality assurance and how this relates to the chemical pathology laboratory
  • The ability to interpret data from laboratory investigations and integrate these with relevant clinical information and pathophysiology
  • To develop an understanding of professionalism and ethical practice

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

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

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-40
Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-40