cod. 21328

Academic year 2013/14
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Biochimica clinica e biologia molecolare clinica (BIO/12)
"altre attività quali l'informatica, attività seminariali ecc."
Type of training activity
10 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
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course unit
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Learning objectives

The course aims to provide information and support materials for a correct methodological approach that develops the necessary knowledge and understanding of the topics of Clinical Biochemistry, specific to a professional obstetrician can operate both on land and in a hospital setting, in so as to understand the complexity of the biological samples, the information that can be learned and possible sources of error.
Such knowledge and skills will be put to the test to be applied during work practice in a clinical-surgical structure in direct contact with the patient, where it is needed an appropriate communication skills as well as the application of highly specialized knowledge. Albeit succinctly, the course is structured to provide the means to integrate on their own knowledge and handle complex situations that will arise in the course of the occupation.


There are no prerequisites required, but whereas the Clinical Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary subject, it is desirable that the student has in mind the fundamental concepts of Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Course unit content

The first part of the course deals with the study of biological samples to know the characteristics and possible alterations in relation to the preparation of the subject to the levy as well as the collection, processing and storage of the sample (pre-analytical variability). Will be recalled, in particular, the basic principles concerning the acceptance of a biological sample for clinical chemistry.
In the second part of the course will provide the foundation for understanding and treating the most common markers of organ function and injury, with particular reference to the management of pregnant women and the main related diseases: cytolysis indices, parameters of cardiac function, liver and kidney monitoring of diabetic patients and dyslipidemia; urine analysis;

Full programme

The analysis in the clinical laboratory. The biological sample: preparation of the subject, collection, processing and storage (pre-analytical variability).
Analysis of biological samples. Analytical and post-analytical variables that can affect the data. Criteria for non-acceptance of a biological sample. The quality control .. Laboratory tests decentralized.
Function and markers of injury to major organs and systems: index of cytolysis, clinical enzymology, function parameters, cardiac, hepatic and renal function. Analysis of urine. Laboratory tests in pregnancy maternal and fetal reference values​​.


- G. Kellerman Abnormal laboratory. Mc Graw Hill.

Teaching methods

The course draws primarily of lectures, but structured in such a way that every necessary illustration of the fundamental themes of Clinical Biochemistry follow simulations of situations that may arise during the occupation, according to the different types of assets (hospital in the area) .
Consistent with the time available we will try to bring the student to become familiar with the available databases to a stand-alone update on the issues of Laboratory Medicine, and possibly bringing small groups to visit facilities where it is operating a laboratory Clinical Biochemist.

Assessment methods and criteria

For the module of Clinical Biochemistry is expected to final oral examination focused on the topics of the program. The student will demonstrate an understanding of and be able to use the basic concepts of each topic, answering questions geared to test skills of a technical nature (criteria that allow you to get a reliable laboratory data), knowledge about levels of 'investigation and management of practical situations. In each of these situations will be determined the degree of mastery of the subject and on this criterion shall be given the score, which is useful for final vote

Other information

The material used for the preparation of educational activities (slides, text other than those of reference, different sources accessible over the network, etc.) is explained in the lectures and is available on request of the student.