Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
05 December 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B990 Biomedical Science,
BSC B991 Applied Biomedical Science (NHS placement),
BSC B995 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B999 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIB099 Biomedical Science,
MSCIBA99 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBB99 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

The first part of this module addresses key aspects of biochemistry and cell biology that underpin the science of haematology. Consideration will be given to how inherent or acquired abnormalities in genes, proteins and cells lead to diseases of the blood. There will also be a discussion of the emerging need for blood substitutes and current research in the area. The second part of the course deals with the practice of haematology in NHS laboratories. A range of diagnoses that are enabled through the analysis of blood will be explored, including haemoglobinopathies, coagulation disorders and leukaemia. The practicalities and limitations of blood transfusion will also be discussed.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to explore key aspects of the science of haematology and blood transfusion

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:

1. explain key aspects of the science of haematology;
2. describe the underpinning biochemistry and molecular basis of haematological disorders;
3. explain the use and interpretation of haemoglobin electrophoresis and associated tests to detect abnormal haemoglobin;
4. describe the clinical importance of blood group markers and serological techniques in blood transfusion;
5. discuss the need for and development of blood substitutes;
6. explain the role of the National Blood Service;
7. describe the clinical applications of haematological techniques in diagnosing malignant and autoimmune disease;
8. demonstrate practical skills relevant to clinical haematology.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

10 x 1 hour lectures, 5 x 2 hour lectures 6 hours practical sessions 2 hours revision


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Prac 1 Worksheet    50% 
Coursework   Prac 2 Worksheet    50% 
Exam  120 minutes during Early Exams (Multiple Choice) 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Brandon Reeder, email:
NHS Staff
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Prof Jacqueline McCormack
Institute Technology Sligo
Vice President
Available via Moodle
Of 290 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
290 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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