University of Technology Sydney

91344 Medical and Diagnostic Biochemistry

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Requisite(s): 91320 Metabolic Biochemistry
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


This subject is designed to introduce the basic concepts of medical and clinical biochemistry relevant to biotechnology, (bio-)medical research, and analysis of patient samples in a pathology laboratory. While undertaking this subject, students examine the basic biochemical abnormalities that lead to various disease states, their diagnosis, clinical analysis and final treatment. The areas covered include: abnormal kidney and liver function, biochemistry of haemoglobin pigments and their relation to disease, abnormalities of carbohydrate metabolism such as diabetes, clinical enzymology, and serum proteins in health and disease. The principles of laboratory management, with special emphasis on safety, quality control and automation are also covered.

The subject provides students with an insight into clinical biochemistry and its importance to human health, both in research and diagnosis, as well as quality requirements that ensure accurate and relevant test results. Students who are interested in a future career in diagnostic pathology, clinical research, or laboratory management may benefit from taking this subject.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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