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
|Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology
|Medical Laboratory Science
|Full Year (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD )
|International Tuition Fees
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- MELS 207, MELS 221
- Limited to
For students enrolled in the second year of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree.
- Teaching staff
- 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
- diagnostic haematology
- transfusion science
- molecular diagnostics
- Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught via lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Information literacy, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Cultural understanding.
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- 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