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Unit description

Expands on student knowledge of human disease by incorporating results of clinical biochemistry and genetic investigations. In addition, students further develop their practical skills in biochemical and molecular analytical techniques. Current trends in biochemical/molecular research including gene therapy are also presented.

Unit content

  • Biochemical tests in clinical medicine.
  • Disturbances of water and electrolytes.
  • Bone metabolism.
  • Gastrointestinal tract disease.
  • Glucose metabolism.
  • Disorders of metabolism.
  • Biochemical endocrinology.
  • Neurotransmitters.
  • Biochemistry of renal and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Clinical biochemistry in paediatrics, pregnancy and in the elderly.
  • Regulation of gene expression.
  • Cellular homeostasis: cell growth and cancer.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1summarise disease processes from a biochemical viewpoint
2employ problem solving and application of biochemical concepts to clinical scenarios
3debate developments in gene therapy for the treatment of a range of genetic, non-genetic diseases and cancer
4evaluate biochemical and/or genetic clinical data and justify conclusions
5solve clinical cases by using biochemical methods
6select and employ relevant laboratory methods and safe practice in the biochemical laboratory

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. summarise disease processes from a biochemical viewpoint
  2. employ problem solving and application of biochemical concepts to clinical scenarios
  3. debate developments in gene therapy for the treatment of a range of genetic, non-genetic diseases and cancer
  4. evaluate biochemical and/or genetic clinical data and justify conclusions
  5. solve clinical cases by using biochemical methods
  6. select and employ relevant laboratory methods and safe practice in the biochemical laboratory

Prescribed texts

  • Murphy, M, Srivastava, R & Deans, K, 2018, Clinical Biochemistry: An Illustrated Colour Text, 6th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Great Britain. ISBN: 9780702072987.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (7 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (5 weeks)
Assessment
Competency Check10%
Exam: practical30%
Exam: Online20%
Exam: viva40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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