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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Internal Medicine

Postgraduate Course: Principles of Laboratory Medicine (IMED11004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 10-credit course aims to ensure that practitioners have a sound understanding of the laboratory techniques used to aid in the diagnosis of common general medical problems
Course description 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 course also examines hospital-acquired infection, resistance patterns, lipid metabolism, porphyrias and some of the more unusual diagnoses requiring clinical biochemistry input. It covers common clinical pitfalls and is largely taught by way of problem based learning using clinical case scenarios.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 20, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 100% of the students grade. This will take the form of an online MCQ exam.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the role of laboratory scientists and the various methods used to conduct biochemical assays (ELISAS, Immuno-assays) and strengths and weaknesses associated with these
  2. Interpret the most commonly used tests and recognise and understand their limitations
  3. Diagnose some common microbiological infections from examination of culture dishes and appraise the relevant of treatment options
  4. Have an appreciation and critical understanding of other common techniques used in Microbiology/Virology e.g. PCR
  5. Make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information
Reading List
Key articles will be referred to at relevant points during the course
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
Be a self-directed learner
Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
Application of numeracy
Application of IT
KeywordsHaematology,Clinical Biochemistry,Virology,Microbiology
Contacts
Course organiserProf Simon Maxwell
Tel: (0131) 537 2506
Email: S.Maxwell@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Krislyn McWilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
Email: kmcwill3@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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