MSc Clinical Biochemistry / Overview

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Paediatric Biochemistry

Unit code MEDN67200
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

Overview

This unit will provide students with an understanding of the physiology of pregnancy. The students will learn about maternal and foetal screening programmes. They will also gain understanding of the biochemical basis and the physiological impact of common inborn errors of metabolism. The unit will also equip students with the understanding and skills to develop screening strategies for the investigation of neonates and children who fail to thrive or present with conditions such as jaundice, hypoglycaemia or hyperammonaemia.

Aims

The unit aims to:

  • equip students with a knowledge and understanding of the physiology of normal pregnancy.
     
  • provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the biochemical basis and physiological consequences of inborn errors of metabolism.
     
  • provide students with an in depth appreciation and understanding of the role clinical biochemistry laboratory plays in maternal, foetal and neonatal screening.

 

Teaching and learning methods

This unit employs a range of teaching and learning approaches including: lecturers, tutorials, case studies/presentations, problem-based learning and data analysis and interpretation exercises. Initially the involvement of e-learning will be restricted to online formative assessments. However, the goal is to generate on-line teaching material to support the face to face teaching. The online material will support the acquisition of knowledge and understanding by promoting problem-based learning through interactive material, exercises and self-assessment tools.

 

Knowledge and understanding

Students will have or be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding of non-pathological changes in biochemical parameters during pregnancy and how these can be employed to monitor health status of mother and baby during pregnancy.
  • Describe and understand the biochemical and molecular techniques used in pregnancy and paediatric biochemistry to assess health and identify disease and genetic abnormalities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the biochemical basis and physiological consequences of common inborn errors of metabolism.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role clinical biochemistry plays in the investigation of infants who present with clinical problems or failure to thrive.

Intellectual skills

Students will have or be able to:

  • To critically analyse and objectively interpret data obtained from the biochemical investigation of neonates and children.
  • To critically compare, contrast and objectively evaluate screening programmes for the assessment of the health status of mother and/or foetus during pregnancy.
  • Employ a combination of reflection and critical thinking to design screening strategies for the investigation of neonates and children who fail to thrive.

Practical skills

Students will have or be able to:

  • Retrieve, manage and collate information from primary and secondary sources.
  • Present information clearly in the form of verbal and written reports.
  • Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear. concise and effective manner.
  • Manage personal workload and objectives to achieve optimal personal performance.
  • Work effectively either as an individual or part of a team.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students will have or be able to:

  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources including information technology / health informatics.

  • 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.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

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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