Title Biological variability
Type Stage Two
Code HLS118
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of biological variability, be able to:

  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • perform a range of technical and clinical skills and procedures
  • demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for professional practice as a consultant clinical scientist dealing with the complexities, uncertainties and tensions of professional practice at this level

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant knowledge and its application to their professional practice in relation to:

  • reference values and population statistics taking into account inter- and intra-individual variation, and the effects of age and sex
  • the assessment and application of biological variance data in setting analytical goals.
  • how to assess utility of reference values
  • significance of changes in serial results.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current relevant research, theory and knowledge and its application to the performance of the following technical procedures and laboratory skills:

  • the effect of genetic and environmental influences such as age, sex, nutrition, time of day, stress, posture, hospitalisation and therapeutic agents on biochemical results.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


Code Title Action
HLS1-1-20 Clinical Biochemistry [v1] View