module specification

BM7044 - Transfusion Science (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Transfusion Science
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
44 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
156 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Debate
Coursework 50%   Report (1500 words)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module provides an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of transfusion and transplantation.  Investigating the scientific principles of immunology, microbiology, haematology and medical technology which underlie the practice of transfusion and transplantation, with attention to current trends and research. The module also explores the ethical issues associated with transfusion and transplantation.


Includes all aspects of blood transfusion medicine including immunology and genetics of blood group systems, the functions and utilisation of blood and its components, therapeutic procedures related to disease treatment, blood collection and component production, automated blood collection, cellular therapies, transplantation immunology, pre-transfusion testing and regulations, and quality assurance.

LO 1-4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students' knowledge and understanding of transfusion and transplantation science will be developed through a programme of lectures and supporting exercises, together with the guided use of student centred learning resources. Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework.
Activities include: Face-to-face lectures (22 hours), tutorials and seminars (16 hours), laboratory sessions (6 hours), computer based learning, formative and summative assessments, other activities including: learning diaries; independent learning tasks; library searches.  These activities when summarised in the form of learning diaries can form the basis of a student’s comprehension of their personal development portfolio (156 hours of self-study by the student).
PDP: on completion of this module students’ provide an evaluation of how the module enabled them to develop skills such as information technology, organisational skills, team building, communication time management, and working under pressure.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:
1. Critically review published papers, effectively summarising and analysing the findings relating to transfusion and transplantation practices and provide a critical and balanced review on a research topic appropriate to transfusion science
2. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of transfusion theory related to laboratory and clinical practice
3. Develop a deep understanding and broad practical expertise of a range of appropriate laboratory techniques.
4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the role of practicing health care scientists in clinical and diagnostic Blood Sciences, particularly Transfusion Science and debate the ethical issues relating to transplantation and transfusion science

Assessment strategy

The module will be summatively assessed by means of a group debate (50% of overall mark) and course work (50% of the overall mark). There will be online formative assessments that provide formative feedback.
To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%. There is an attendance requirement for the practical sessions: without satisfactory attendance


Contreras, M. (ed) (2009), ABC of Transfusion, 4th edition. British Medical Journal Publishing Group.
Daniels, G., and Bromilow, I. (2013) Essential Guide to Blood Groups. Wiley-Blackwell
Knight, R. (2018). Transfusion and Transplantation Science. OUP Oxford.
McClelland, D.B.L. and NHS Blood and Transplantation. (2013) Handbook of Transfusion Medicine. Stationary Office.
Murphy, M.F., and Pampillion, D.H. (2017). Practical Transfusion Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell. 
Quigley,E.D. (2010) Immunohematology: Principles and Practice. 3rd edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 
Whitlock, S.A. (2009). Immunohematology for Medical Laboratory Technicians. Delmar.