Module Overview


Module Description: This module provides an overview of normal haematology before introducing the learner to a selection of red cell, white cell and haemostatic abnormalities.

Module Aim: The aim of the module is to provide a sound foundation in the conceptual understanding of haematology and the role of the laboratory in the diagnosis of some common haematological abnormalities.

Module Code

BIOL 2209

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change
  • HaematopoiesisBrief introduction into blood formation, proliferation and differentiation in bone marrow microenvironment
  • Red Blood CellsErythropoiesis, red cell membrane, haemoglobin synthesis and function, red cell metabolism, nutritional requirements
  • White Blood CellsLeukopoiesis, structure and function of leukocytes, infection, introduction to leukaemia
  • PlateletsThrombopoiesis, structure and function of platelets
  • HaemostasisThe components of normal haemostasis, laboratory tests used to investigate haemostatic defects
  • Safety and Quality ControlSample handling, biohazard precautions, phlebotomy, sample types and anticoagulants, the effect of storage on blood, patient confidentiality, standardisation
  • Reference ranges; Statistical analysis; normal reference values
  • Basic Haematological Laboratory TechniquesManual and automated blood counting systems, haemoglobinometry, coagulation testing
  • Blood filmsStaining and examination of films

Lectures, tutorials, laboratory practical sessions, case studies, online tools, self-directed learning. Attendance at laboratory practical sessions is mandatory.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40