Clinical Laboratory Sciences Syllabi


Syllabus for CLLS 5331
UA, Body Fluids & Parasitology
Instructor:Eddie Salazar, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)cm
Contact Information:Office: SHP 4.450
Phone: (409) 772-3044
Course Description:The student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate: 1) knowledge of the physiological conditions under which normal and abnormal urine components are formed; 2) the physical, chemical, and microscopic properties of urine and body fluids in both normal and pathologic conditions; 3) the ability to select and perform appropriate techniques for the detection of human parasites; and 4) the ability to identify clinically significant human parasites and associate them with the disease process elicited.
Course Objectives:For Urinalysis, the student will be given the opportunity to:
  1. Correlate normal & pathological states associated with the various chemical, physical, and microscopic findings.
  2. Describe the appropriate confirmatory tests to be performed subsequent to abnormal findings on the dipstick.
  3. Correlate normal & abnormal microscopic with findings on the dipstick.
  4. Determine the appropriate confirmatory test to be performed subsequent to abnormal findings on the dipstick.
  5. Correlate normal & abnormal microscopic findings with the absence or presence of normal & pathologic states.
  6. Utilize, standardize & maintain the refractometer appropriately.
  7. Utilize & store the dipsticks appropriately.
  8. Describe the appropriate methods for collection of urine specimens.
  9. Compare & contrast the sensitivity and specificity of the respective screening and confirmatory methods for chemical testing of the urine, including sources of false positive & false negative reactions.
For Body Fluids, the student will be given the opportunity to:
  1. Describe the appropriate formation of body fluids.
  2. Describe the appropriate technique for collection of the respective body fluids.
  3. Correlate normal & abnormal microscopic and chemical findings in the various body fluids.
  4. Correctly perform the appropriate microscopic and chemical testing on the respective body fluids.
For Parasitology, the student will be given the opportunity to:
  1. Recognize identifying characteristics of the medically important parasites of humans.
  2. Describe the pathology provoked in humans by parasitic infections.
  3. Describe the life cycles of medically important human parasites.
  4. Select and perform methods for detection and identification of medically important human parasites.
Affective Objectives:Professional conduct such as teamwork, respect for colleagues, confidentiality, and ethical responsibility are expected of each student in both the lecture & laboratory components of the course. For each failure to comply, there will be a 2% decrease in the final course grade.
Teaching Procedures:The basic format for the course will be scheduled lectures and laboratory sessions. These will be supplemented with selected case studies. The laboratory exercises will involve demonstrations & student performance under the instructor’s supervision. Student participation will be an integral part of the course.
Required Course Materials:Slides, specimens, gross specimens, reference texts, as well as objectives, lecture outlines/notes, and handouts will be provided.

Required Textbooks:

  • Brunzel’s Fundamentals of Urine and Body Fluid Analysis
  • Leventhal & Cheadle’s 2002 Medical Parasitology, A Self-Instructional Text, 5th Ed.

Methods of Evaluation:There will be a comprehensive unit examination and practical examination at the end of each of the three units. There will be a maximum of 3 very short quizzes &/or case studies per unit. The final grade will be calculated as follows:

Comprehensive Unit Lecture exams (3 units x 100)300
Comprehensive Unit Practicals (3 units x 100)300
Short Quizzes/Case Studies per unit (3 units x 10)30
Make-Up Policies:There may arise occasions when due to illness or other personal matters, a student may be unable to attend an examination. The student is expected to inform the faculty as soon as possible. Make-ups will be arranged for excused absences only. The faculty reserves the right to determine what is a reasonable excuse & verification of cause for an absence may be required. Absences other than documented illness will mean that 10 points will be deducted from the total points on that examination grade.


General Policies of the School of Health Professions

Academic Progress:Information regarding the Student's academic progress in this course will be shared with their Academic Advisor and/or Department Chair. Student's making unsatisfactory progress will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for assistance.
Academic Integrity:Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, and any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such an act. Procedures to be followed in the event of alleged academic dishonesty are described in the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, and the SAHS Student Handbook. Alleged academic dishonesty issues should be reported to the Student Affairs Officer.
Professional Behavior:As a part of a professional program, you are expected to conduct yourselves in a manner consistent with the level of trust and responsibility that will be placed on you when you are part of a health care team. You are expected to be honest in your dealings with your instructor and your peers. You are also expected to be able to follow instructions, to act with the utmost integrity, to follow safety protocols while in laboratory, to perform laboratory work with care, and to act in accordance with those standards characteristic of those we call "professionals."
Behavior during examinations, written and practical, will be monitored. Inappropriate behavior may result in pursuance of disciplinary action.
University Statement on Equality, Tolerance, and Affirmative Action:Please indicate by the end of the second week of the semester if you will need accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336). If the need for ADA accommodations should arise during the semester you will need to make your request within one week of returning to classes. You may contact your Instructor or the Office of Student Affairs.
Course Evaluation:Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the instructor and course near the end of the course/semester. When submitting course evaluations students must follow the guidelines provided by the course instructor or the department.
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