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MELS409 Clinical Immunology

A full-time placement undertaken in an approved medical immunology laboratory over a period of one semester.

Paper title Clinical Immunology
Paper code MELS409
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) $4,398.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MELX 409
Limited to

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


Teaching staff

Paper Convenor: Dr Warren McBurney
Supervisor: Clinical diagnostic laboratory staff

Paper Structure
Key Modules:
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Diagnosis of hepatitis virus infections
  • Principles and application of flow cytometry
  • Food allergens
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

This paper is a 15-week, distance-taught placement working 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:

  • Demonstrate in-depth learning of selected current and emerging topics in immunology
  • Be able to carry out in-depth literature searches on the topics, collate and critically evaluate the information, and produce a cohesive written report
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude in their clinical placement and the ability to work as a team member
  • Extend their knowledge base in diagnostic immunology techniques
  • Be able to follow laboratory protocols set out by their host laboratory
  • Develop an understanding of quality-control issues in the workplace

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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