Postgraduate Course: Principles of Laboratory Medicine (GMED11065)
|School||Deanery of Clinical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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)
||Other requirements|| MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery/Chirurgery) or equivalent.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Online Activities 50,
Summative Assessment Hours 10,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formal summative written assessment will constitute 100% of the students grade. This will take the form of an online MCQ exam.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the role of laboratory scientists and the various methods used to conduct biochemical assays (ELISAS, Immuno-assays) and the advantages and disadvantages of these.
- Interpret the most commonly used tests and recognise and understnd their limitations.
- Be able to diagnise some common microbiological infections from examiniation of culture dishes.
- Have an appreciation and understanding of other common techniques used in Microbiology/Virology eg PCR
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Simon Maxwell
Tel: (0131) 537 2506
|Course secretary||Mrs Krislyn Mcwilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
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