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    A study of systematic chemical pathology, including the major organ systems, their diseases and biochemical abnormalities, metabolic diseases, and the molecular basis of inherited diseases including basic analytical techniques, instrumentation and data-processing.

    A study of chemical pathology, including the major organ systems and biochemical features of metabolic and genetic disease.

    Practical laboratory sessions include manual and automated analytical techniques, and laboratory instrumentation.

    About this paper

    Paper title Diagnostic Chemical Pathology
    Subject Medical Laboratory Science
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,260.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Students must have passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers


    Teaching staff

    Paper Convenor: Cat Ronayne

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers the following key modules:

    • Proteins
    • Laboratory practice
    • Enzymes
    • Liver function
    • Electrolytes, water and gases
    • Glucose
    • Calcium
    • Lipids and lipoproteins
    • Thyroid and adrenal cortex
    • Reproductive Endocrinology
    • Therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology
    • Genetics


    Either:  Tietz Textbook of Laboratory Medicine, 7e. Rifai et al. ISBN : 0-323-83467-1 (available as an eBook via the University library) 

    OR: Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 8e. Rifai et al. (7e and 6e are also suitable) ISBN-13: 978-0323530446, ISBN-10: 0323530443

    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 this paper will develop:

    • A good understanding of the fundamental theoretical concepts of chemical pathology and how these relate to the biochemical abnormalities observed in disease
    • A good understanding of the various laboratory techniques used during the analysis of clinical specimens and their limitations
    • A good understanding of quality assurance and how this relates to the chemical pathology laboratory
    • The ability to interpret data from laboratory investigations and integrate these with relevant clinical information and pathophysiology
    • An understanding of professionalism and ethical practice


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 15:00-15:50 31, 34, 38, 41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 40-41
    Monday 15:00-16:50 29
    Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29
    Tuesday 15:00-16:50 29
    Wednesday 10:00-16:50 42
    Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29
    Wednesday 14:00-16:50 30-35, 37-39
    Wednesday 15:00-16:50 29

    Other Teaching

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    D2 Monday 16:00-16:50 30-35, 37-39, 42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 11:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
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