Basic Chemical Pathology Course Specification

Master Degree in Clinical and Chemical Pathology

Program on which the course is given: Master of Clinical and Chemical Pathology

Department offering the program: Clinical and Chemical Pathology Department

Department offering the course: Clinical and Chemical Pathology Department

Course code: CCP822BCP

Element of the program (Compulsory/Elective): Compulsory course

Academic year: 2018-2019

Date of approval: July 2015, Reviewed September 2018

Credit points: 3 Credit points

Course duration: 11 weeks

Teaching hours: Theoretical 75% and Practical 25%

Course Director: Dr. Hazem Abu Youssef, Prof of Chemical Pathology

Course Coordinator:

  • Dr. May Hamed, Lecturer of Chemical Pathology


This course is designed to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required to master the basics of Chemical Pathology.


A. Knowledge and Understanding:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

    1. Describe analytical methods and instrumentation used in the field of chemical pathology.
    2. Explain the basic statistical methods that are applied in laboratory medicine
    3. Describe chemistry and metabolism of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates
    4. Describe the nature of enzymes, their role in catalysis, factors affecting enzyme catalyzed reactions and levels of enzymes in blood
    5. List the common pre-analytical variables affecting laboratory tests.
    6. Explain the basics of total quality management of a medical laboratory

B. Intellectual Skills:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

1. Compare between various laboratory techniques and instrumentations

2. Correlate protein, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism

3. Judge acceptability of internal and external quality control values

4. Comment on acceptability of method performance criteria

C. Professional and Practical Skills:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

1. Use competently Instruments of a routine chemical pathology lab

2. Calculate control limits and construct control charts

3. Apply principles of quality control on daily, weekly and monthly basis

4. Take appropriate corrective action for unacceptable quality control results based on objective troubleshooting.

5. Apply method performance criteria in selection of instruments and methods

D. General and Transferable Skills:

By the end of the course the candidate should be able to:

1. Demonstrate competent use of information technology including word processing and statistical programs.

2. Apply principles of health and safety in the lab.

3. Enhance their knowledge and skills through adoption of life-long learning practices.