Module details for 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.  Demonstrate an understanding of 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.  Discuss 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 6
Assessment 70
Independent 92
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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