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Module MSE-2016:
Basic Clinical Biochemistry

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Alyson Moyes

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the laboratory methods used in Clinical Biochemistry in diagnosis and monitoring of organ functions.

Course content

Investigations on blood and other biological materials to aid the diagnosis of metabolic diseases, and monitoring of therapy. Topics to include Diabetes, Liver function and Clinical Endocrinology. Practical work will include an introduction to the investigative laboratory methods used in Clinical Biochemistry.

Assessment Criteria

C- to C+

Category C (50%-59%):

A less engaged student would have a correct knowledge of clinical biochemistry, but answers lack context and detail. Written answers should demonstrate an ability to organise relevant lecture material into a coherent argument.


Category A (70%-100%):

Written answers should have an extremely high standard of presentation, structure and clarity with a very well argued and coverage of accurate and relevant information from lecture notes and significant background reading.

Evidence of wider reading & critical thinking is required for A+ and A* marks.


Category D (40%-49%):

A threshold student should have a basic knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts of Clinical Biochemistry presented in this module. Written answers should demonstrate an ability to organise relevant lecture material into a coherent argument. Answers may reveal knowledge gaps and errors.


Category B (60%-69%):

A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate. Written answers should demonstrate an ability to synthesise lecture material. Limited evidence of background reading.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the principles of the most frequently used pathology laboratory tests used in clinical biochemistry and their diagnostic significance

  2. Explain the theory and practical aspects of clinical biochemistry

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic laboratory investigations used in diagnostic clinical biochemistry

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM End of module MCQ exam 60
COURSEWORK Case study 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy


8 x 2 hour lectures


1 x 2 hour revision for end of module exam with mock MCQ exam

Private study

Directed and self directed reading around the topic to supplement lecture matereal. Practical report write up. Revision for mid module test and end of module exam.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others


Talis Reading list

Reading list

Clinical biochemistry - Nessar Ahmed c2011 (Book Testyn Craidd - Core Text)

Tietz fundamentals of clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics - Carl A. Burtis, David E. Bruns, Norbert W. Tietz 2015 (Book Argymhellir ei ddarllen - Recommended Reading)