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MELS404 Diagnostic Molecular Pathology

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The study of human chromosomes, their abnormalities and relations to diseases, and the pre- and post-natal diagnosis of genetic disorders.

Molecular Diagnostics is a rapidly expanding, dynamic field of study. The techniques learnt can be applied in all the Medical Laboratory disciplines. This paper provides in-depth practical experience in the molecular techniques, including DNA extraction, DNA sequencing, cell culture, standard and real-time polymerase chain reactions (PCR).

Paper title Diagnostic Molecular Pathology
Paper code MELS404
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,209.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $20,781.50

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MELX 404
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Available to students who have passed all second- and third-year Medical Laboratory Science Papers.


Teaching staff

Paper Convener: Dr Jenny Rhodes
Supervisor: Clinical diagnostic laboratory staff

Paper Structure
Key Modules:
  • Molecular diagnostic basic equipment and processes
  • Molecular diagnostic basic test procedures
  • Molecular diagnostic specialised investigations
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is a 15-week, distance-taught placement in a clinical diagnostic laboratory within New Zealand and Australia.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  • Understand the basic theory behind the methodologies used in molecular diagnostics
  • Gain in-depth practical knowledge of these techniques and how to troubleshoot them

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system