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Postgraduate Course: Principles of Laboratory Medicine (GMED11065)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaGeneral Courses (Medicine) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis programme aims to ensure that practitioners have a sound understanding of the laboratory techniques used to aid in the diagnosis of common general medical problems. Key clinical cases will be used to improve understanding in each of the disciplines- microbiology, haematology and biochemistry.
Students will discuss how to interpret a blood film, diagnose coagulation disorders, make a microbiological diagnosis and conduct simple biochemistry assays.

This module will also cover hospital-acquired infection, resistance patterns, lipid metabolism, porphyrias and some of the more unusual diagnoses requiring clinical biochemistry input. It will cover common clinical pitfalls and be largely taught by way of problem based learning using clinical scenarios.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 50, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 25 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At completion of this course the candidate should have a basic understand of the techniques used in laboratory medicine to aid in the diagnosis of clinical conditions.

The candidate should:

┐ Understand various methods used to conduct biochemistry assays (ELISAs, immunoassays etc.) and the benefits and disadvantages of these
┐ Be able to interpret most commonly used biochemical tests, understanding their limitations
┐ Gain an appreciation of clinical scenarios that might result in spurious results.
┐ Understand various methods used to diagnose common haematological conditions and coagulation problems.
┐ Be able to interpret common abnormalities on a blood film
┐ Be able to diagnose some common microbiological infections from examination of culture dishes
┐ Have an appreciation of the other common techniques used in microbiological/ virology diagnosis such as PCR.
Assessment Information
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 70% of the student┐s grade. This will take the form of an online MCQ exam.
Online assessment (participation in discussion boards, group work or short written assignments) will constitute the other 30% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of their learning throughout the module.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsHaematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Virology, Microbiology.
Contacts
Course organiserDr Colin Barrie
Tel: 0131 242 9402
Email: C.Barrie@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Angela Rankeillor
Tel: 0131 242 6536
Email: angela.rankeillor@ed.ac.uk
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