Module title: Clinical Biochemistry

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS09105
Module leader: Jenny Fraser
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science

BMS08100 Biology of Disease or BMS08101 Biochemistry

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jenny Fraser
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A combination of interactive lectures, tutorials, case studies and experimental work in groups will be used to provide background information and to develop scientific, practical and problem solving skills. Lectures cover learning outcomes 1-5 and explain core concepts of the module. To ensure that every learner is as active as possible, lectures contain collaborative, interactive exercises and suggestions for further study. Questions are encouraged within face-to-face teaching. Tutorials and enable students to interact and give their opinions on resources discovered by themselves and others. Personalised feedback given on the written components of assessment. Moodle will be used to support the module by providing a repository of guided learning resources.

Formative Assessment:
Continuous formative assessment is provided through questions in lectures and tutorials to reinforce learning of the topic. Formative assessment of student progress is also provided through online learning tools and quizzes on Moodle. Formative feedback is also available on their coursework via draft turnitin submission.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment of student learning includes a problem solving assignment (1600 words) covering one or more of learning outcomes 1-5, and a lab report based on experiments and activities in the practical laboratory classes. A formal examination will be used to test the knowledge, understanding and skills attained at the end of the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 7
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 153
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 18
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Essay 20 1,2,3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1600
Report 20 1,2,3,4,5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Types of clinical biochemical tests; reference ranges; concept of biomarkers; biochemical basis of clinical biochemical tests for disorders of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, liver disease, thyroid dysfunction, other endocrine gland disorders, kidney disease, myocardial infarction.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Demonstrate an appreciation of the methodology of biochemical testing and interpretation of clinical biochemical data
LO2: Apply knowledge of the biochemical, physiological and biological mechanisms underpinning the appearance of a biomarker for a particular condition.
LO3: Apply knowledge gained to analyse, interpret and evaluate data derived experimentally and from clinical case studies to form a clinical diagnosis.
LO4: Explain the laboratory principles involved in clinical biochemical tests.
LO5: Carry out laboratory experiments involving the determination of e.g. bilirubin, cholesterol, kidney function and plasma protein levels.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS09105 Clinical Biochemistry