Clinical 2 : Haematology & Transfusion Science


This module deals with the clinical detection, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of a variety of human diseases. The module will be delivered by practicing clinical biomedical scientists and will examine blood and its constituents in both the normal and diseased states and appraise the use of a range of diagnostic investigations. 


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a knowledge of the normal state of blood and the changes typical in a range of clinical conditions; a knowledge of blood groups and matching techniques for the use of therapeutic blood components in treatment. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Compare and contrast the haematology blood parameters in normal and diseased states

2.  Appreciate the applications of a range of investigative techniques and their expected results related to common conditions. 

3.  Discuss blood group systems and evaluate techniques relevant to serology and transfusion. 

4.  Appreciate the essential requirements for the preparation, storage and use of blood products. 

5.  Critically analyse and discuss the results of practical experiments in areas related to Haematology & Transfusion Science. 

Indicative Content

1 Haematology

Red cell, white cell and platelet disorders and their causes. Inherited and acquired anaemias, malignant and other blood disorders. Blood coagulation and its defects.

2 Serology and transfusion science

Blood group systems. Donor blood collection. Compatibility testing and transfusion hazards. Blood product and reagent preparation, testing, storage and use.

3 Haematology and serology practicals

Morphological features of blood cells, and their classification. Blood processing and testing.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module will be delivered by a series of lectures, tutorials and practical classes. The module is delivered entirely by Biomedical Scientists from Ninewells Haematology and Blood Transfusion Service laboratories. Practical classes will be delivered by Biomedical Scientists using both university and hospital prepared material. Labs will examine blood components in abnormal states including coagulation factor assays. Laboratory assessments therefore involve students working individually or collaboratively to develop group skills to gain practical experience of some of the standard types of testing carried out by Biomedical Scientists in Clinical Laboratories. Knowledge and understanding in specific theoretical areas are delivered by a variety of subject specialists in lecture and tutorial sessions and is assessed by Examination. Problem solving examination questions are designed to enable students, where appropriate, to apply theory to practice using relevant data set exercises. Other question styles enables students to integrate relevant information and to express their own analysis as influenced by the breadth and depth of their independent study. Feedback/Feedforward sessions will operate as a two hour tutorial where staff will discuss various past examinations questions and expectations as well as working through some of the problems solving questions. As some classes are scheduled in the clinical labs in Ninewells they are scheduled dependent on lab availability. Nevertheless the coursework is due for submission two weeks after the scheduled class and feedback returned two weeks later. If for whatever reason labs cannot be scheduled until later in the semester it may be necessary to allow submission in week 19 with students receiving feedback two weeks later. 

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 6
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 70
Independent 92

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.