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BL4222   Metabolic and Clinical Biochemistry

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module extends the students' knowledge of human metabolism and applies it to pathologies. The syllabus includes: a study of the integration of whole body metabolic processes, discussion of the role of biochemistry in investigating and monitoring human disease, the methods of diagnosing and treating some common diseases. Topics will cover integration of whole body metabolism, starvation processes, diabetes, metabolic variability, inborn errors of metabolism, endocrinology, homeostasis, plasma protein metabolism, muscle and hepatic metabolism, drug disposition and metabolism, and defects in glucose and lipid metabolism.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of Biology Honours Adviser required

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar (x 9 weeks), 2 x 3-hour students presentations for 1 week

Scheduled learning hours: 24

Guided independent study hours: 126

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 30%
Practical examinations : 35%
Coursework: 35%

Re-assessment: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 30%, Existing Coursework = 70%


Module teaching staff: Dr G Prescott and invited NHS staff