HBIO3005 - Medical Laboratory Technology 6, Medical Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pathology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical examination 50/100 5 hours B
Home examination 50/100 5 hours

Course content

The course contains medical laboratory technology and laboratory medicine, within medical biochemistry, clinical pharmacology, medical microbiology (bacteriology, virology, mycology and protozology), pathology (histopathology and cytology) and medical genetics. Topics: The use of physical, chemical, enzymatic, immunological and genetic engineering methods on human biological specimen. Quality control, methods for measurements, laboratory instruments and instrument maintenance. Light microscopy methods for assessment of body fluids, cells and tissues. Isolation, detection, identification and antibiotic testing of microorganisms from biological specimen, and detection and identification of viruses. Pharmacological analysis in therapy control, toxicology and abuse. Gene technology used in diagnostics, and ethical challenges associated with medical genetics. Quality assurance, and quality assessment. Interdisciplinary interaction.

Learning outcome

Based on the chosen teaching methods and chosen topics from the laboratory specialties, the student is expected to acquire new knowledge and skills. The student can: Explain and treat different types of human specimen correctly for analysis work. Perform laboratory work independently, and acquire knowledge about new Methods. Understand the principles of methods used in medical laboratories. Assess the possibilities, limitations and sources of error of methods and analysis instruments. Assess the reliability of laboratory results based on the quality of the specimen, analytical method / instrument and the performance of laboratory procedures. Combined knowledge of methods, analytical instruments and biological processes in the body, and explain the use of laboratory tests in diagnosis and treatment of disease. Explain the biological variation, the clinical relevance of the test results and the medical probability. Explain how quality development and accreditation procedures are done for medical laboratory activities. Is familiar with the responsibilities that other health professionals have, and know how to cooperate inter-professionally.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Practice studies consisting of 4 laboratory courses, conducted by 2-3 students in groups or individually. Written reports and oral presentations. Afternoon lessons may occur. Parts of the course is taughed by problem-based learning methodology (PBL) with 6 practical and theoretical tasks/cases, one of which is SAMGen. 6-8 students work together in groups. TverrSam (2 days) and TverrPraks (8 hours) is taught together with students from other health professions at NTNU. Estimated work load in the course: 75 theory lessons, 130 hours at the laboratory, 25 hours other activities, 350 hours studies on your own.

Compulsory assignments

  • 4 laboratory courses + PBL + TverrSam + TverrPraks

Further on evaluation

Each of the four laboratory courses and the PBL weeks must be approved before the exam. In addition, TverrSam, TverrPraks and SAMGen are mandatory activities. Further information about the exams will be announced at course start. New / postponed exam: May/June If not passed, a single part assessment can be repeated without the other part assessments having to be repeated. For applications for credits, approval and integration of courses from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education, each application will be evaluated individually. A reduction of credits (studiepoengsreduksjon) might apply if the candidate has passed exams in overlapping courses. Exam may be held as an oral exam in exceptional cases. 

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Medical laboratory technology (MTBIO)

Required previous knowledge

The course is restricted and reserved for students at the Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, NTNU, Trondheim. Examination in HBIO104P, Medical laboratory technology 1, must be passed in order to start with this topic.

Course materials

Recommended reading: Literature recommended earlier in the study, and additionally: Nancy A. Brunzel: Fundamentals of Urine and Body Fluid Analysis. Philadelphia, Saunders Company. Last edition. There might be some adjustments in recommended literature. Any adjustments will be published on Blackboard before the start of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI302511 4.0 AUTUMN 2019
HBIOT2023 1.5 AUTUMN 2021
HBIOT2021 1.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course

Version: A
Credits:  20.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical laboratory technology


Examination arrangement: Practical examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Practical examination 50/100 B
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Practical examination 50/100 B
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination (2) 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen
  • 2) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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