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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5167M Interpreting Biochemistry and Haematology for Healthcare Practice

15 creditsClass Size: 80

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Ian Goulden

Taught: 1 May to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certificated evidence of the ability to study at Level M. Current registration as a Healthcare professional.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The aim of this module is to provide none medical healthcare practitioners working with extended / advanced roles with the knowledge and understanding required to analyse routine blood results in clinical practice.


On completion of the module the student should know:
- the basic principles of laboratory testing;
- haematological and Biochemical homeostasis;
- the normal values for a range of haematological and biochemical investigations;
- a range of pathologies and there impact on haematological and biochemical parameters;
- how to interpret pathological reports;
- a range of interventions resulting from interpretation of haematological and biochemical data.

Learning outcomes
- Critically discuss the basic principles of the bodies haematological and biochemical processes.
- Show a comprehensive understanding of a range of haematological and biochemical investigations showing how these are utilised in clinical practice.
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how common pathologies are reflected in blood investigations.
- Demonstrate the ability to interpret a range of routine haematological and biochemical blood results.
- Demonstrate effective and advanced problem solving skills in the interpretation of blood results and their application to patient management.

Skills outcomes
Preparation of patient for sample collection.
Interpretation of haematological and biochemical data.
Analysis of data with respect to known and unknown pathology.
Determination of intervention based upon data analysis.


- Basic principles of laboratory testing e.g. pre-testing procedures, sample collection and transport, units of measurement, normal ranges.
- Haematology - to include the red blood cell, the white blood cell, coagulation and blood transfusion.
- Biochemistry - to include the role of water and electrolytes (e.g. sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium.)
- Investigations of renal function - to include urea, creatinine and creatinine clearance.
- Investigations of liver function - to include alanine transferase, gamma glutamyl transpetidase, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin and plasma proteins.
- Investigations of thyroid function.
- Atherosclerosis and its risk factors - to include cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Cardiac markers -to include tropins, creatine kinase and myoglobin.
- Bone profile - to include calcium and phosphate.
- Blood glucose.
- Amylase.
- Blood gases and pH.
- Inflammatory markers - to include erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein.
- Blood cultures.
- Special cases; for example pregnancy, drug overdose and immunology.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading, including completion of on-line examples.
Completion of set case studies in preparation for seminar work (a number of case studies will be set each week and students will feedback at the following weeks seminar).
Preparation for summative assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by teaching staff on a session by session basis. Students are given cases studies both before and during class and the expectation is that they interact within the class to discuss the case. Access and interaction with the VLE is monitored by the module leader.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/09/2022


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