module specification

BM7044 - Transfusion Science (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Transfusion Science
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
69 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
131 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 40%   Progress test
Group Coursework 20%   Debate
Unseen Examination 40%   Final exam
Running in 2017/18
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.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:
to critically review the scientific principles of immunology, microbiology, haematology and medical technology which underlie the practice of transfusion and transplantation.
Demonstrate how these principles are applied to contemporary clinical and laboratory practice both for service provision and research.
Examine the evidence for use, and limitations of, the common procedures used in the diagnosis and management of patients and donors.
Outline the principles of quality management and the principles of health and safety management relating to transfusion and transplantation science.
Examine the ethical issues in transfusion and transplantation.
In conjunction with the above, the module will develop students' ability to appraise, research, critically evaluate, formulate and present a debate on a topical issue in this field.


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.

Learning and teaching

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
2. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of transfusion theory related to laboratory and clinical practice
3. Debate the ethical issues relating to transplantation and transfusion science.
4. Develop a deep understanding and broad practical expertise of a range of appropriate laboratory techniques.
5. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the role of practicing health care scientists in clinical and diagnostic Blood Sciences, particularly Transfusion Science.
6. Provide a critical and balanced review on a research topic appropriate to transfusion science.

Assessment strategy

The module will be summatively assessed by means of a progress test component (40% of the overall mark), group debate (20% of overall mark) and final exam (40% of the overall mark). The coursework will consist of a progress test including directed reading topics. There will be online formative assessments that provide formative feedback. Summative diagnostic assessment will also be provided by a progress test.

Component                                  Learning outcomes
Progress test                               1,2,3,4
Debate                                          2, 3, 5
Exam                                             1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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 students will not be able to develop competency skills and may fail the module.


Contreras, M. (ed) (2008), ABC of Transfusion, 4th edition. British Medical Journal Publishing Group.
Daniels, G., and Bromilow, I. (2010) Essential Guide to Blood Groups. 2nd edition. Wiley-Blackwell
Knight, R. (2011). Transfusion and Transplantation Science. OUP Oxford.
McClelland, D.B.L. and NHS Blood and Transplantation. (2007) Handbook of Transfusion Medicine. 4th edition. Stationary Office.
Murphy, M.F., and Pampillion, D.H.(2009). Practical Transfusion Medicine. 3rd edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 
Overfield, J., Dawson, M., and Hamer, D. (2008) Transfusion Science 2nd edition, Scion.
Quigley,E.D. (2010) Immunohematology: Principles and Practice. 3rd edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 
Whitlock, S.A. (2009). Immunohematology for Medical Laboratory Technicians. Delmar.