BMSC13002 - Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On completion of this unit, you should be able to evaluate the evidence base for biochemical tests used in diagnosis and monitoring of diseases in the major organ systems of the body. Problem solving and decision making skills will be developed through use of authentic case studies. Skill development in instrument calibration, best practice measurement, interpretation of test results and test quality control monitoring will occur through practical exercises. You will be required to attend a residential school on Rockhampton campus in order to promote development of unit learning outcomes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry or BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry and BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Science

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
This course should not be offered to clinical investigations major Student evaluation This is a Pathology specific course and a program proposal change needs to be considered to tailor this course only for Pathology students.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the various processes involved in biochemical method evaluation, interpretation and development.
  2. Explore the limitations of laboratory procedures, regulatory aspects including external quality assurance and accreditation bodies.
  3. Describe the rationale and clinical correlation of specialised biochemical tests used in the detection and monitoring of processes affecting the major organ systems.
  4. Demonstrate skills in the use of biochemical instrumentation, including specimen handling and test processing in automated systems and institution of appropriate corrective action as required in response to errors in automated instrumentation function.
  5. Evaluate biochemical clinical cases to derive a provisional diagnosis.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations
Author/s: Bishop, ML, Fody, EP & Schoeff, LE Year: 2017
Edition: 8th edn Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPaul Neilsen (p.neilsen@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

1. Introduction

2. Quality control and External Quality Assessment

3, 4

Week 2 13-03-2017

1. NATA, ISO - importance and relevance in Clinical Biochemistry

2. Medicare requirements

3, 4

Week 3 20-03-2017

1. The analytical process and data interpretation

2. Evaluation and validation of methods

3

Week 4 27-03-2017

1. Automation in Biochemistry

2. Point of care testing

7, 10

Week 5 03-04-2017

1. Biochemistry of body fluids

2. Toxicology

29, 31

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No lecture

Week 6 17-04-2017

Tumour markers and genetic testing for cancer

32

Case study report Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Therapeutic drug monitoring

30

Week 8 01-05-2017

Extremes of Age - the pediatric and the geriatric patient

34, 35

Week 9 08-05-2017

Residential School - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (9th, 10th and 11th May 2017)

Laboratory workbook

Week 10 15-05-2017

Gastrointestinal Biochemistry

28
Practical Assessment and Examination Due Friday (19 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Testing for Nutritional Pathology

33

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision lecture

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Case study report
Task Description

You will be provided with a clinical case study on the Moodle site.

You will be provided with information regarding the clinical presentation, patient history and specific biochemical parameters (provided by an automated analyser) for this clinical case study. You are required to write a report (around 1,000 words) using a case study approach describing the pathophysiology, specific biochemical profile characteristics observed that led to the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, treatment options and any recommended further tests. Further details on the case, a template and an exemplar will be provided to you on the Moodle site to assist in preparation.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment task is marked according to how well you have met the specific requirements and in accordance with the criteria outlined below:

Presentation: The report is presented in the provided template with clarity of purpose and coherence of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax) in a clear and organised manner.

Abstract: Provides a clear overview and overall summary of the case study.

Introduction: Provides necessary background information and pathophysiology of the case. Does not discuss the final diagnosis rather supports the intended diagnosis via arguments.

Materials and Methods: Briefly describes all the methods used to aid in diagnosis. Discusses further tests to be employed in order to confirm the diagnosis.

Results: All data presented clearly with reference ranges. Layout is clear with further tests and expected results discussed.

Discussion: Clear discussion of the results with supporting arguments and reasoning for arriving at the final diagnosis.

References: Harvard referencing system used with appropriate in-text references

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50 %
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Describe the rationale and clinical correlation of specialised biochemical tests used in the detection and monitoring of processes affecting the major organ systems.

5. Evaluate biochemical clinical cases to derive a provisional diagnosis.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment and Examination
Task Description

You will be provided with a laboratory workbook on the Moodle site. This workbook will contain all the tasks that need to be completed during the residential school block. It will also contain a series of short questions and patient reports to be completed in relation to the authentic cases provided. Group experimental activities during the residential school will foster team work and provide hands-on experience of the biochemical techniques used in pathology laboratories. Completion of the workbook will evidence student engagement and understanding of the principles behind the haematological tests. Laboratory staff or demonstrators will assess your individual experimental capability during residential school to ensure your understanding of the learning outcomes. You will be required to submit the completed version of the laboratory workbook on the Moodle site.

Important: On Day 3 of your residential school block (Thursday 11th May 2017), you will have a final practical examination. Further details regarding the examination will be available on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Residential school and Workbook component: Each section will have respective assigned marks as indicated on the provided workbook. A total mark obtained for the workbook and associated tasks would then represent to 20% of your final grade. The laboratory staff will provide immediate verbal feedback to you on the practical hands-on aspect of this assessment item. The laboratory workbook template will contain the weightage of marks associated with the tasks and subsequent questions/reports to be completed
  • Practical examination component: The practical examination conducted on Day 3 of the residential school is worth 10% of your final grade. Further information on the examination will be available on the moodle site.
  • Total for practical assessment: 20 + 10 = 30%
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Explore the limitations of laboratory procedures, regulatory aspects including external quality assurance and accreditation bodies.

4. Demonstrate skills in the use of biochemical instrumentation, including specimen handling and test processing in automated systems and institution of appropriate corrective action as required in response to errors in automated instrumentation function.

5. Evaluate biochemical clinical cases to derive a provisional diagnosis.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the various processes involved in biochemical method evaluation, interpretation and development.

2. Explore the limitations of laboratory procedures, regulatory aspects including external quality assurance and accreditation bodies.

3. Describe the rationale and clinical correlation of specialised biochemical tests used in the detection and monitoring of processes affecting the major organ systems.

5. Evaluate biochemical clinical cases to derive a provisional diagnosis.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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