All about Clinical Chemistry 3: Course Description, Objectives and Included Topics

Clinical Chemistry (CC) is divided into 3 major subjects: CC1, CC2 and CC3. CC3 is about:

CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY, TOXICOLOGY AND DRUG TESTING

Below is the GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course is a branch of medical science which deals with the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. It includes the following sub-topics:

  1. Clinical Endocrinology – The study of clinical hormones, their characteristics, assays, factors affecting their assays and related clinical significance.
  2. Toxicology – The study of the most common and important drugs, poisons, and toxins with emphasis on classification, isolation and quantitative assays in biological specimens. This includes emergency, therapeutic drug monitoring, drugs of abuse, and forensic toxicology
  3. Descriptive Toxicology – This deals with the toxicity testing of chemicals that have adverse effects on living organisms.
  4. Mechanistic Toxicology –This concerns the identification and mechanism by which chemicals exert their toxic effects on living organisms.
  5. Regulatory Toxicology – This deals with the identification of whether a drug or chemical possess a sufficiently low risk or not based on their descriptive and mechanistic toxicology.
  6. Forensic Toxicology – This is mainly concerned about the medico-legal aspects of the harmful effects of chemicals on humans and animals.
  7. Environmental Toxicology – This focuses on chemical pollutants in the environment which affects living organisms.
  8. Ecotoxiciology – This is a specialized field of environmental toxicology which deals with the impact of toxic substances on population and the ecosystem.
  9. Drug Testing – The study of the different drugs and the methods of determination and precautions observed in this process.

Clinical Chemistry
The BASIC COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course involves a branch of medical science which deals with the diseases or conditions uniquely associated with the endocrine glands, toxic substances, and drugs which are harmful to living organisms.

The GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

Cognitive Domain Objectives:

After the completion of this course, the student shall have:

  1. known the hormones produced by the endocrine glands and their specific actions.
  2. known the methods of determinations, factors and clinical significance of these hormones.
  3. known the different types of chemicals that have adverse effects on  living organisms;
  4. known the mechanism of action by which these substances exert their toxic effects on living organisms.
  5. known the toxicity levels of these chemical substances;
  6. known the medico-legal aspects concerning the adverse effects of chemical substances;
  7. identified the different endocrine glands of the human body and their hormones;
  8. identified the chemical pollutants in the environment;
  9. understood the effects of chemical substances to the ecosystem;
  10. known the precautions in drug determination;
  11. performed drug testing accurately.
  12. understood the importance of the course to the profession and the health community.
  13. created and written blog notes on specific assigned topics in CC03, which could be accessed online to enhance learning.

Affective domain:

After this course, the students shall have:

  1. shown awareness in the proper treatment of patients from all walks of life;
  2. internalized the values such as understanding, kindness, patience and concern for their patients.
  3. internalized the value of honesty when performing and reporting results;
  4. developed proper attitudes in the performance of the determinations like diligence, patience, industry and love of work.
  5. shown awareness in the significant role of a Medical Technologists in the Allied Medical Profession;
  6. internalized the value of honesty and integrity in the analysis of chemical substances;
  7. developed the online etiquette and proper behavior.
  8. developed proper attitudes in the performance of his responsibilities like diligence, patience, industry and love of work.

Psychomotor Domain Objective:

The student shall have:

  1. manipulated and operated the spectrophotometer properly;
  2. handled specimens and reagents properly;
  3. followed correctly the procedures of determinations
  4. manipulated and operated the instruments and materials properly;
  5. handled chemicals reagents properly;
  6. followed correctly the procedures in the laboratory methods.
  7. manipulated online related activity successfully.

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