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    Overview

    An introduction to diagnostic pathology, which examines professional, cultural and ethical issues and includes modules on microbiology and immunology, clinical biochemistry, haematology, transfusion science, histology, molecular diagnostics and clinical genetics.

    MELS 208 provides an introduction to the profession of Medical Laboratory Science through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. In this paper you will begin to develop a sense of professional identity as you explore the role of the Medical Laboratory Scientist in patient health care. You will acquire new theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills. You will learn about the scientific principles underlying diagnostic laboratory tests and also how the tests are applied in selected patient diagnoses. Bioethics and cultural competence, with special reference to the Treaty of Waitangi, are important aspects of becoming a professional Medical Laboratory Scientist and are included in the paper.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology
    Subject Medical Laboratory Science
    EFTS 0.3565
    Points 45 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,223.47
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Restriction
    MELS 207, MELS 221
    Limited to
    BMLSc
    Eligibility

    For students enrolled in the second year of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree.

    Contact
    admin.mlsc@otago.ac.nz
    Teaching staff

    Paper Convener: Dr Braeden Donaldson
    Dr Judith Bateup
    Assoc Prof Tania Slatter
    Dr Holly Perry

    Paper Structure

    The paper consists of a series of modules reflecting the different sub-disciplines of medical laboratory science along with general aspects of practice.

    Module topics are:

    • medical microbiology
    • virology and immunology
    • medical laboratory practice
    • diagnostic chemical pathology
    • histopathology
    • diagnostic haematology
    • transfusion science
    • molecular diagnostics
    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

    Textbooks
    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Information literacy, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Cultural understanding.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    • Through exposure to the diagnostic laboratory environment and the type of work involved in the practice of laboratory medicine, students will develop a sense of professional identity, appropriate attitudes and ethical awareness
    • Each module will provide a solid foundation for the third-year, discipline-specific papers
    • The style of teaching encourages self-directed learning, collaboration and communication with peers, staff and health professionals

    Timetable

    Full Year

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

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend
    A1 Friday 16:00-16:50 21, 31, 35

    Lecture

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend
    A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 9
    Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-18, 32-35, 37-41
    Monday 14:00-14:50 29
    Tuesday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 37-41
    Tuesday 11:00-11:50 35
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 29, 32-34, 37
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 11-12
    Wednesday 14:00-14:50 30
    Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-30, 37-39
    Friday 11:00-11:50 15
    AND
    C1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-10, 13, 15, 17-18
    AND
    E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9, 18

    Practical

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend
    A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 20-21
    Tuesday 14:00-16:50 11
    Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29
    Thursday 09:00-09:50 18
    Thursday 09:00-12:50 11, 13, 16
    Thursday 10:00-12:50 21
    Thursday 14:00-15:50 30-31
    Friday 10:00-11:50 20-21
    Friday 14:00-16:50 41
    Friday 14:00-17:50 20
    AND one stream from
    B1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 16
    Wednesday 14:00-15:50 32-35, 37-41
    Friday 14:00-15:50 16, 19
    Friday 14:00-16:50 29-30, 33-34, 38-40
    B2 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 16
    Wednesday 14:00-15:50 32-35, 37-41
    Friday 14:00-15:50 16, 19
    Friday 14:00-16:50 29-30, 33-34, 38-40
    B3 Monday 14:00-16:50 30-31, 34-35, 39-41
    Tuesday 16:00-17:50 16
    Thursday 14:00-15:50 32-35, 37-41
    Friday 16:00-17:50 16, 19
    B4 Monday 14:00-16:50 30-31, 34-35, 39-41
    Tuesday 16:00-17:50 16
    Thursday 14:00-15:50 32-35, 37-41
    Friday 16:00-17:50 16, 19
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