Diagnostic Clinical Biochemistry & Immunology

The biochemistry of human tissue with particular emphasis on disease detection. The practical course will include analytical methods and specialised laboratory techniques applied to clinical biochemistry, immunology and serology.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Medical Laboratory Science

Course planning information

Course notes

Students must complete 36 hrs of laboratory practicals outlined in the Laboratory Manual. Students must also achieve an overall mark of 50% in the final written examination to pass the course.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies used to measure clinically relevant analytes in patient blood and urine.
  • 2 Demonstrate an understanding and discuss the mechanisms by which body water, pH, and electrolyte balance are maintained.
  • 3 Describe the physiological functions of the immune system, liver, kidney, pancreas, and GI tract.
  • 4 Demonstrate an understanding of the tests and clinically relevant analytes used to detect common disorders.
  • 5 Safely perform standard immunological, serological and biochemical assays on patient samples.
  • 6 Demonstrate an understanding and effectively utilise quality assurance procedures and understand the importance of quality assurance programmes in medical laboratories.
  • 7 Effectively utilise normal reference range values to identify abnormal patient test results and understand their meaning.
  • 8 Demonstrate skills in communicating laboratory test results and their implications in both oral and written forms to laboratory staff and other health-related professionals.
  • 9 Apply the principles of ethical practice and cultural integrity within the laboratory.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 6 10%
Test 2 3 4 7 15%
Written Assignment 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10%
Test 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 15%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.