BMS207 Clinical Biochemistry 1 (8)

This subject introduces units, reference ranges and specimens used in clinical biochemistry. The subject also covers the patho-physiological and patho-biochemical rationale for routine clinical biochemistry tests and the interpretation of data. Biochemical techniques associated with the various routine tests covered include principles of the methods and the analytical performance. Technology, including point of care testing is important in healthcare and it is also therefore learnt. At the end of the study, a student will have knowledge of the requirements of the various specimens and measurements and will have theoretical and practical skills to carry out routine testing using various methods and equipment. The student will also interpret routine clinical biochemistry data. Such knowledge is useful for example, in further studies in this discipline, routine and specialist medical laboratory sciences, forensic sciences, biotechnology, dentistry, medicine, veterinary and animal sciences, research and in industry that develops and/or supplies diagnostic technology and consumables.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS207. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences


BMS130 and ( BMS205 or BCM210 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify, describe and justify the utility of the various specimens, conditions of specimen collection and preservation as well as other requirements for analysis;
  • be able to describe and justify the importance of units and reference values for various measurements in health and in diseases and their use in interpretation of data;
  • be able to describe principles of various measurements and the rationale and usefulness of the tests in diagnosis and management of diseases;
  • be able to describe the applications of technology, automation and information systems and to analyse their usefulness;
  • be able to carry out measurements (technical skills), to evaluate methods (including but not limited to evaluating accuracy, precision, sensitivity, specificity, linearity), to identify and analyse sources of errors, to implement quality control and quality assurance for good analytical practice; and
  • be able to work independently and collaboratively in data interpretation and in measurement of anolytes and to write a scientific report on experimental findings and data interpretation.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to clinical biochemistry
  • Units of measurement, reference limits, specimens
  • Errors, quality control and quality assurance concepts, accreditation
  • Technology including point of care testing, automation and information systems
  • Disorders of: kidney, electrolytes and hydration, acid/base balance
  • Disorders that lead to changes in levels of blood proteins
  • Tumour markers
  • Disorders of liver and disorders that elevate bilirubin levels
  • Disorders of blood glucose level control
  • Disorders of lipid metabolism and disorders of cardiovascular system
  • Clinical enzymology
  • Non-protein nitrogenous wastes
  • Measurements of the levels of constituents and applications of quality control. In experiments, emphasis is placed on appropriate standardisation/calibration and quality control, execution of good and safe technical skills and on the interpretation of clinical biochemistry data

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Compulsory laboratory work to develop technical skills and interpretation of clinical biochemistry data. Individual, group and class exercises will allow students to learn to work as individuals as well as to develop team work skills.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.

All students are required to have a lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab based practicals.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.