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BSc Biology with a Modern Language / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:

Unit code BIOL21361
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


Haematology is the branch of medicine that deals with diseases, such as leukaemia or anaemia, which affect the blood and blood-forming organs. You will gain an understanding of blood cell formation, structure and function as well as learning about haematological disorders and their diagnosis and treatment.


  • Introduction to Laboratory Science (Optional)
  • Body Systems (Optional)
  • Biochemistry (Optional)


This unit is aimed at providing an extensive knowledge of the main areas of haematology including understanding, diagnosis and treatment of haematological disorders and to introduce the main areas of interest in blood transfusion.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the underlying processes in blood cell formation
  • describe, discuss & diagnose diseases of blood including anaemia, leukaemia and disorders of haemostasis & thrombosis
  • describe the role of haematology in the investigation of disease in general
  • bring together, evaluate and apply knowledge from biochemistry and cell biology in interpretation of the functions of blood & related diseases
  • interpret biochemical & morphological data in the diagnosis of certain blood disorders/diseases
  • reflect critically & analytically on their study learning styles so as to be able to identify and review additional literature to enhance learning


1 - Introduction to module                           

2 -  Blood cell formation: haemopoiesis        

3-6 - Red blood cell and haemoglobin, red blood cell membrane and enzyme disorders
            Iron metabolism, Vitamin B12 and Folate, Anaemias  

7-8 - Haemoglobinopathies-thalassaemia and sickle cells                          

9-12 - Haemostasis-platelets and coagulation cascade, Coagulation cascade: lab tests/anticoagulant therapy; Disorders of haemostasis            

13 - White blood cells (WBC): structure, function and differentiation                           

14 - WBC:reactive proliferation, benign and infection   

15-20 - Basis and classification of haematological malignancies; Neoplastic lymphoproliferative disorders; Neoplastic myeloproliferative disorders       

21 - Blood transfusion:introduction                           

22 - Exam practice             

Employability skills

Analytical skills
All online assessments require analysis of information e.g. interpretation and analysis of lab test results in a case study (as in group assessments) or in the understanding/analysis of primary literature (individual assessments).
Group/team working
Two of the three online assessment are group/collaborative assessments
Interpretation (lateral thinking) of case study findings in the two group online assessments.
No formal requirement for leadership however there is potential for a leader in each of the group assessments.
Project management
Although not a formal requirement there is potential for project management in the two group online assessments which each span a two week period in the semester.
Oral communication
Students are encouraged to ask and answer questions during lectures
Problem solving
All online assessment have an element of problem solving
Online group assessments require interpretation of laboratory findings and tests in case studies. Some information is given in lectures but also requires other reading/resources such as primary sources, internet etc.
Written communication
3 online assessments, 2 group and 1 individual, exam consists of 1 essay and 10 SAQs

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 10%
Written exam 90%

1.5 hour examination (90%) - short answer questions and 1 essay question from a choice of 3. Three online enquiry based learning activities (2 group and 1 individual) each group activity is worth 4% and the individual activity is worth 2% (Total: 10%).

Feedback methods

Immediate feedback on individual online assessments on Blackboard. Generic feedback on Blackboard for group assessment within 15 working days of submission deadline. Individual feedback on request or if appropriate.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Michelle Keown Unit coordinator

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