module specification

BM7118 - 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
200 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   Online progress test
Coursework 50%   Personal Learning Log
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -

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.

Prior learning requirements



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.


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. Online lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework. Student centred assignments; including the execution of a substantial dissertation assignment will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge and develop subject skills and competence.

Activities include: Online lectures, tutorials and seminars materials, 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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:

1. Critically review published papers, summarising and analysing the findings relating to transfusion and transplantation practices and demonstrate a critical appreciation of transfusion theory related to laboratory and clinical practice

2. Debate the ethical issues relating to transplantation and transfusion science and complete coursework demonstrating a deep understanding and broad practical experience of a range of laboratory techniques.

3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the role of practicing healthcare scientists in clinical and diagnostic Blood Sciences, particularly Transfusion Science and 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 (50% of the overall mark), and learning log (50%). The coursework will consist of a progress test including directed reading topics. There will be online formative assessments that provide formative feedback.
To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%.

Component                                  Learning outcomes
Progress test                               1,2
Learning Log                                1, 2, 3


Indicative texts

Ahmed N. Clinical Biochemistry (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science) (2016). OUP

Burtis, C.A., Ashwood, E.R. and Bruns, D.E. (2007) Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry 6th Edition Saunders

Gaw, A. and Cowan, R. A. et al. (2013). Clinical Biochemistry (An Illustrated Colour Text) 5th edition. Churchill Livingstone.