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BMED12-118: Laboratory Medicine

Description

This subject introduces students to the practical application of clinical laboratory medicine in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease. It is designed to complement students' study of subjects such as pathophysiology, microbiology, biochemistry and critical reasoning by applying this knowledge base to the investigation of disease. The content links the differential diagnosis of various common acute and chronic diseases including renal failure, hepatitis, type 2 diabetes mellitus, skin cancer, anaemia and urine tract infection, with the testing that is commonly used, and illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of laboratory testing. The concepts of biological and analytical variation as they apply to the determination of reference intervals and the interpretation of results are explored. The problems associated with population and case based screening, diagnostic sensitivity, and the principles of evidence based medicine are also discussed.

Subject details

TypeUndergraduate
CodeBMED12-118
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2018 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Define the general terminology used in laboratory medicine
2. Describe the basic concepts underlying the relation between normal physiology and pathological processes
3. Explain the basis of common tests used in laboratory medicine
4. Perform some common diagnostic tests and interpret the results
5. Describe how pathological injury is detected and disease is monitored using pathology tests
6. Evaluate the impact of pre-analytical and analytical error in laboratory tests
7. Outline contemporary issues in population screening.
8. Explain the significance of biological variation and its impact on the interpretation of pathology results

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite: BMED12-120 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology and Co-requisite: BMED13-216 Immunology.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard
Enrolment opens16/07/2017
Semester start11/09/2017
Subject start11/09/2017
Cancellation 1?25/09/2017
Cancellation 2?02/10/2017
Last enrolment24/09/2017
Last withdrawal?06/10/2017
Teaching census?06/10/2017
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018