MSc Clinical Biochemistry / Overview

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Analytical Methods

Unit code MEDN61901
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will equip students with a knowledge and understanding of the theory and use of the main analytical technologies and diagnostic platforms employed in the Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory. The unit will also cover the use of internal quality control and external quality assurance, along with the role of point of care testing in laboratory medicine.


The unit aims to:

- Provide students with a knowledge of the theory and understanding of the use of the main analytical technologies and diagnostic platforms employed by clinical biochemistry and other relevant blood science disciplines (e.g. genetics and immunology).

- Equip students with the necessary foundations in the principles of analysis with an understanding of quality assurance processes and the clinical application of analytical techniques.


Teaching and learning methods

This unit employs a range of teaching and learning approaches including: lectures, tutorials, and data analysis and interpretation exercises.  


Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe and understand  the theory and use of the main analytical technologies employed by clinical biochemistry and related disciplines within blood sciences.


  • Describe and understand of the parameters used to evaluate the performance of an analytical method or approach.


  • Describe and understand the structures and processes that underpin quality control and assurance.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise scientific literature


  • Critically analyse and objectively interpret information/data


  • Critically appraise and objectively evaluate the performance of new and established analytical methods


  • By a process of evaluation, critical thinking and reflection select the appropriate analytical approach to measure a given biomedical parameter

Practical skills

  • Present information clearly in the form of verbal and written reports.


  • Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear and concise and effective manner.


  • Use conventional and electronic resources to collect, select and organise complex scientific information.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources 


  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning and independent thinking and utilise problem solving skills.


  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal and written).


  • Be able to set priorities and link these with effective time management.


  • Critically evaluate their personal performance both as an individual and within a team.


  • Demonstrate skills in working collegiately and effectively with others as a member of a team


  • Show appreciation of the way in which legislation, standards and quality management interface with normal working life

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 40%
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%

Feedback methods

Marks will be provided online within 3-4 weeks of assessment deadline.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen Jopling Unit coordinator

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