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MELS401 Advanced Diagnostic Chemical Pathology

The advanced study of chemical pathology and clinical chemistry.

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. This paper focuses on the laboratory-based analysis of clinical samples, utilising modern diagnostic instrumentation and techniques and the interpretation and integration of pathophysiology with laboratory results. There is a strong emphasis on attaining both the knowledge and practical skills to practise as a medical laboratory scientist in a chemical pathology laboratory setting. All aspects of the core diagnostic techniques are covered, including how these are performed, limitations and clinical applications.

Paper title Advanced Diagnostic Chemical Pathology
Paper code MELS401
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester (13 February 2017 - 2 June 2017), Second Semester (26 June 2017 - 13 October 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,923.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $17,600.00

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Restriction
MELX 401
Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
Passed all second- and third-year Medical Laboratory papers
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Mrs Lisa Gallagher
Supervisor: Clinical diagnostic laboratory staff
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is a 15-week, distance-taught placement working in a clinical diagnostic laboratory within New Zealand and Australia.
Textbooks
No textbooks are required for this paper.
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
Students who successfully complete the paper will have
  • An in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemical pathology and how these relate to the biochemical abnormalities observed in disease
  • An in-depth understanding of the various laboratory techniques used during the analysis of clinical specimens and their limitations
  • An in-depth 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
  • Attained the necessary skills to be fit for provisional registration for practice as a medical laboratory scientist

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Timetable

First Semester (13 February 2017 - 2 June 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Second Semester (26 June 2017 - 13 October 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

The advanced study of chemical pathology and clinical chemistry.

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. This paper focuses on the laboratory-based analysis of clinical samples, utilising modern diagnostic instrumentation and techniques and the interpretation and integration of pathophysiology with laboratory results. There is a strong emphasis on attaining both the knowledge and practical skills to practise as a medical laboratory scientist in a chemical pathology laboratory setting. All aspects of the core diagnostic techniques are covered, including how these are performed, limitations and clinical applications.

Paper title Advanced Diagnostic Chemical Pathology
Paper code MELS401
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester (12 February 2018 - 20 June 2018), Second Semester (25 June 2018 - 10 November 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,001.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $18,480.00

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Restriction
MELX 401
Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
Passed all second- and third-year Medical Laboratory papers
Contact
admin.mels@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Mrs Lisa Gallagher
Supervisor: Clinical diagnostic laboratory staff
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is a 15-week, distance-taught placement working in a clinical diagnostic laboratory within New Zealand and Australia.
Textbooks
No textbooks are required for this paper.
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
Students who successfully complete the paper will have
  • An in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemical pathology and how these relate to the biochemical abnormalities observed in disease
  • An in-depth understanding of the various laboratory techniques used during the analysis of clinical specimens and their limitations
  • An in-depth 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
  • Attained the necessary skills to be fit for provisional registration for practice as a medical laboratory scientist

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Timetable

First Semester (12 February 2018 - 20 June 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Second Semester (25 June 2018 - 10 November 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard