Haematology and Blood Transfusion - BIOS6270

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Jill Shepherd checkmark-circle


This module describes the anatomy, physiology, pathology of the blood and blood forming tissues. It covers a wide range of disorders including haematological malignancies. Blood transfusion theory and practice are introduced. Roles for haematopoietic stem cells during blood cell development and as therapeutic agents are discussed. Students will be exposed to ethical and regulatory concerns with regard to transfusion and blood cell therapies.


Contact hours

Private Study: 29
Contact Hours: 123
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Practical Report (1,500 words) – 40%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Both the Practical Report and the Examination are compulsory elements and must therefore be passed in order to complete the module.

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Show a detailed understanding of the factors affecting the production and development of red and white blood cells;
2. Demonstrate complex knowledge of the processes involved in disease of both red and white blood cells;
3. Recognise the features of a variety of pathological conditions encountered in haematology;
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the factors involved in the maintenance of haemostasis and how they interact;
5. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles of blood component replacement therapy and the associated risks;
6. Recognise the characteristic changes of blood parameters in selected disease states;
7. Experimental approaches used to investigate haematological disease.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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