Theoretical studies are the foundation to everything you do in your degree course and in your career as a medical lab scientist. Studying in small classes and under lecturers committed to student success, you'll gain the knowledge you need to succeed. You'll master many important subjects, including microbiology, chemistry, physiology, and haematology.
As a medical scientist, you need a clear understanding of the most basic forms of life on our planet. Your studies at JCU will help you identify these forms of life and their nutritional and environmental requirements, from parasites to fungi and bacteria to viruses. You'll learn about their application to recombinant DNA technologies and be able to anticipate their behaviours, all while growing your skills in safe laboratory protocols.
As you move beyond the basics, you'll develop confidence in diagnosing microorganisms wherever you find them. You'll be able to isolate microbes and use various media to conduct tests, appreciating the need for safety along the way. You will learn how to use this information in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
Chemistry is foundational to your career, so your studies will include an emphasis on chemistry as a key discipline. You will learn the basics of bonding, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry as well as how chemistry applies to all other sciences.
As you advance, you'll learn to apply chemical principles in a wider context and master the lab techniques necessary for safe and effective chemistry experiments.
To effectively diagnose and treat disease in humans and animals, you must understand how bodies function. In biochemistry, you'll learn about the basic energy pathways of living cells and the structure of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids within the body.
Courses in medical physiology will help you better understand the cells and tissues and various bodily systems that work together to produce normal human functioning. Use your theoretical knowledge and practical skills to identify problems when they arise, and find out the most effective way to solve them.
Through your studies in haematology, you'll learn about the structure of red cell pathology and haemostasis. With practice, you will be able to evaluate the results of studies and tests and apply these to pathophysiology to find the correct diagnoses.
As a medical scientist, you'll build on the work of the past. Through reviewing clinical case studies, you will strengthen your skill at interpreting data and making accurate judgments. As you move from case studies to practical clinical sessions, you'll apply these skills to draw data-based conclusions that help the whole team make the right decisions for the best health outcomes.