Medical Laboratory Science

202.371 Human Genetics and Molecular and Clinical Diagnoses 15 credits
Aspects of genetics that are important in human biology. Topics include single gene defects, chromosome abnormalities, cancer, ageing and an introduction to complex traits. Students will carry out projects involving both individual and group activity in which, under academic supervision, students perform laboratory tests and apply their problem-solving skills and accumulated knowledge to diagnose various clinical conditions.
202.372 Histological Technique and Medical Cytology 15 credits
A study of the principles and practical methodology used in the preparation and microscopic examination of tissue for histopathology. The principles of cytological technique, including fine needle aspiration, will also be studied. Techniques will include tissue fixation, processing, microtomy, staining, immunocytochemistry and specimen preparation. Cytological recognition of benign and malignant conditions of the female genital tract and other body sites of males and females will be studied.
202.381 Haematology 15 credits
Introduction to the homeostatic mechanisms of blood cell production and the control mechanisms affecting bone marrow production that maintain haemostasis in humans. The role of the haematology laboratory scientist and their part in the laboratory diagnosis of diseases such as anaemia, haemophilia and the disorders of thrombosis, leukaemia and other tumours of haemopoietic origin.
202.382 Transfusion Science 15 credits
Introduction to the principles of transfusion and transplantation as practised in New Zealand laboratories. The collection and storage of blood and the manufacture of human blood products for transfusion. The major human blood groups, blood group alloantibodies, haemolytic disease, transfusion reactions including blood-borne viruses. The Major Histocompatibility Complex in the context of donor/recipient matching of organs for transplantation.
202.471 Advanced Haematology 60 credits
The principles and clinical training in the application of laboratory techniques used in the investigation of abnormalities of the haemopoietic and haemostatic systems such as anaemia, aplasia, haematological cancers, bleeding and thrombotic disorders.
202.472 Advanced Transfusion Science 60 credits
The principles and clinical training in the application of processes for donor selection, donation collection and processing of blood and blood products. Also included are compatibility testing, blood grouping, alloantibody screening and identification used in the provision of blood for transfusion and the diagnosis of haemolytic disease.
202.473 Advanced Histological Technique 60 credits
The principles of, and clinical training in, the preparation of tissue for study by microscopy and the application of histological techniques to diagnostic histopathology.
202.476 Human Cytogenetics 60 credits
The study of human chromosomes, their abnormalities and relations to diseases and the pre- and postnatal diagnosis of genetic disorders.
202.477 Immunology and Virology 60 credits
The principles and methodology of techniques currently used for the diagnosis of a range of immunological diseases and viral infections.
202.478 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry 60 credits
The principles of, and clinical training in, biochemical and selected immunological laboratory techniques currently used for the diagnosis of human diseases.


202.479 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology 60 credits
The principles of, and clinical training in, the laboratory diagnosis of bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections of humans. It will include specimen collection and processing, microscopy, culture, biochemical tests, and nucleic-acid and antibody-based techniques for pathogen isolation and/or identification as well as antimicrobial susceptibility testing, sterilisation and disinfection.

Medical Laboratory Science

202.781 Current Topics in Medical Laboratory Science 30 credits
An advanced course of study based on current literature of Medical Laboratory Science selected from Biochemistry, Microbiology, Virology, Haematology, Transfusion Science, Immunology, Histological Technique and Cytology. Candidates will be expected to cover areas of Medical Laboratory Science, including both their current specialist discipline(s) and other areas.
202.889 Research Project 45 credits
202.900 PhD Medical Laboratory Science 120 credits

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