Aims of this module
To increase understanding of the application of chemical, biochemical and immunological methods to the study of disease.
Knowledge and understanding
Lectures will provide basic awareness. Directed reading from recommended texts will amplify understanding and student managed learning will allow formulation of concepts and encourage independent understudy of methodology. Familiarisation of clinical biochemistry practice in the hospital environment.
On completion of the course, students will have developed and practiced a variety of clinical biochemistry skills utilised in biological and biomedical sciences including serum enzyme determination, electrophoresis, ion exchange chromatography and ELISA techniques.
Professional/subject specific skills
Sampling, storage and preservation of body fluids. Preparation of body fluids for biochemical analyses. Serum enzyme diagnostics - principles and practice. Biochemical basis of disease, diagnosis; disorders of CHO metabolism, diabetes. Blood lipids and hydrogen ion homeostasis. Organ function tests: detection and monitoring of diseases of liver, kidney, exocrine pancreas and GI tract. Theory and practice of basic instrumentation for analysis, i.e. GLC. HPLC. Computerisation of patients’ biochemistry profile.
- Verbal and written communication
- Numerical skills
- Interpersonal skills – team work
- Information technology
- Self-analysis and criticism