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MELS403 Clinical Virology

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

Paper title Clinical Virology
Paper code MELS403
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 403
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Teaching staff

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

Paper Structure

Key Modules:

  • New and emerging viral disease threats
  • The lifecycle of HIV with reference to targets for approved antiretroviral drugs
  • Ther Herpesviridae: classification, pathology, epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis
  • The pathology and laboratory diagnosis of respiratory virus infections
Teaching Arrangements
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 virology
  • 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 virology 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