Medical Biochemistry

Module summary

Module code: OMED0075
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Samer El-Daher



• To provide a detailed review and understanding of the biochemical basis of human disease.
• To extend depth of understanding of the principles of physiology and pathology of blood and selected organ system and those areas of current active research activity.
• To evaluate the significance of biochemical laboratory data to the diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatment of human disease.
• To develop a critical and analytical approach to the investigation of the biochemical basis of human disease.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the biochemical, physiological and pathological basis of selected organ systems.
2. Explain the significance of laboratory derived data indicating changes in body biochemistry to the aetiology, pathogenesis and treatment of human disease.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of selected current research topics in medical biochemistry.
4. Demonstrate an ability to acquire, analyse and present published data from research articles published high-impact journal.

Indicative content

This module will provide detailed information on a number of specific Medical Biochemistry related topics. Examples of diseases affecting organs e.g. Blood or organelles e.g. Lysosomes will be studied in detail and will provide information on aetiology, pathogenesis, progression, clinical manifestations and characteristics of the disease and most importantly detection and treatment.
The topics will vary depending on the expertise of the staff but will include diseases of the blood, malignancies, cardiac / respiratory / digestive / endocrine / urinary systems, lectures will also include discussions relating to the acid-base balance, metabolic disorders and lysosomal storage disorders