Courses & Units

Clinical Chemistry 1 CXA251


The unit CXA 251, Clinical Chemistry 1, is designed to impart a thorough knowledge of: quality assurance, including sources of error; use and establishment of reference ranges; collection, preservation, transportation and storage of specimens for analysis; preparation of laboratory method manuals. The laboratory investigation of disorders of renal function, water and electrolyte balance and acid base balance is studied.


Unit name Clinical Chemistry 1
Unit code CXA251
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Jeff Beckett
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of clinical chemistry principles.
  • Communicate in a scientific manner using discipline specific terminology related to clinical chemistry.
  • Perform laboratory techniques and calculations competently and accurately
  • Assess laboratory results and evaluate the clinical relevance
  • Apply technical skills to obtain reliable results in the laboratory
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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CXA101 - Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences AND CXA261 - Metabolic Biochemistry


Teaching Pattern

Tutorial – 1 hour (13 weeks), Practical – 3 hours (13 weeks)

AssessmentQuiz (10%)|Practical Exam (30%)|Examination (30%)|Skills and Competencies Test|Laboratory Reports (20%)|Method Protocol (10%)
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Tietz fundamentals of clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics; 8th Ed; Elsevier

Nader Rifai; Andrea R. Horvath; C. Wittwer; Norbert W. Tietz 2019


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