SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B126377
Module Leader Sadie Gow
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Co-Requisite Knowledge M2C9266376 Blood Science

Summary of Content

Students perform a series of laboratories to develop technical and analytical skills directly relevant to a career in biomedical science. They are responsible for creating a portfolio of evidence demonstrating completion of the lab work including risk assessments and maintenance of a lab note-book, examples of lab reports written in conventional style or in the format of a standard operating procedure and evidence of satisfactory analysis and interpretation of results generated in the practical sessions or in the examination of pre-prepared Haematology slides. Students each give oral presentations on a subject relevant to one of the three subject disciplines clinical biochemistry, haematology or immunology. This provides an opportunity for them to develop confidence in creating and communicating a scientific topic and handling questions from an audience of their peers.


Quality control, Oral glucose tolerance test, differential white cell counts, red cell morphology, blood slides test, blood typing, ELISA with evidence of learning presented in a portfolio. Oral presentations on selected topics in haematology, clinical biochemistry and immunology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Recognise the importance of quality assurance/control in clinical laboratories and know when results are acceptable in clinical practice.2. Identify hazards and perform a risk assessment and COSHH analysis of laboratory procedures.3. Use experimental protocols to perform a range of clinical laboratory procedures and record results using technologies relevant to haematology, clinical biochemistry and immunology.4. Compose laboratory reports in conventional formats and in the form of a standard operating procedure5. Analyse, interpret and draw conclusions from laboratory-generated data and pre-prepared and stained peripheral blood films.6 .Plan and deliver an oral presentation and answer questions on the basis, symptoms, clinical diagnosis, clinical laboratory tests and treatment of a disease.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students perform experiments and interpret their own experimental data utilising knowledge from the concurrent Blood Sciences module. Personalised learning is facilitated by access to an online digital microscope to practice recognition of white blood cell morphology, and case study interpretation practice question and answers as well as reflective learning through provision of standard operating procedure (SOP) guidance and model SOP feedback. Development of practical skills applicable to a range of subject areas in Biomedical Science combined with high quality feedback through timely access to model reports, formative assessment and the use of a reflective learning questionnaire for the blood grouping SOP enables broader and deeper learning. Students practice techniques relevant to clinical laboratories worldwide and are a requirement for working as a Biomedical Scientist in the UK and thus the module is relevant to global learning as well as entrepreneurship and employability. Data analysis, based on interpretation of student generated data, interpretation of sample blood slides and development of skills to prepare and use standard operating procedures all provide opportunities for real world problem solving. Responsible leadership and professionalism is fostered through development of practical, critical thinking, safety and limitation awareness skills required for preparation to work in a medical laboratory. The strategy behind the 30 minute Oral presentation task is the development of deep learning skills and confident communicators. Students also learn to combine knowledge of biomedical laboratory techniques with their learning from the Blood Sciences module to encourage a broad, cross-disciplinary thinking approach appropriate to skills needed in modern Blood Science laboratories. The duration of the talk gives plenty of time for the student to articulate answers to a number of questions posed by the audience. Lectures/seminars on the module provide space for teaching and support relevant to Biomedical skills development e.g. GLP, data handling, SOP report writing, reflective writing, portfolio development and a session by the Academic Development tutor to support the students in preparing their oral presentation.

Indicative Reading

Essential Haematology, Hoffbrand and Steensma, 8th edition, 2019, Wiley-Blackwell Haematology: An illustrated colour text, 4th edition, 2013, Howard & Hamilton, Churchill/Livingston Practical Haematology, Dacie and Lewis (12th edition) 2016 Elsevier Blood Cells- A Practical Guide, Barbara J Bain (5th edition), 2015 Wiley-Blackwell Modern Blood Banking & Transfusion Practices, Harmening (7th edition) 2018. Clinical Biochemistry (Lecture Notes), Rae et al (10th edition) Wiley-Blackwell (2017) Clinical Biochemistry: An Illustrated Text, Murphy et al (6th Edition) /Elsevier (2018) Clinical Biochemistry, Edited by N Ahmed (2 nd edition) Oxford (2016) Biomedical Science Practice Experimental & Professional Skills, Edited by Ahmed, H Glencross & Wang Oxford (2016) An Introduction to Biomedical Science in Professional & Clinical Practice, Pitt & Cunningham, Wiley (2009) Practical Immunology 4th Ed Hay & Westwood Wiley (2009) The Immune System, Peter Parham, 2014, 4th edition, Garland Science

Transferrable Skills

Laboratory skills Risk assessment Quality control Data analysis and interpretation Written and oral communication skills Independent study skills Access and utilization of internet and data retrieval sites Portfolio Creation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 142.00
Practicals (FT) 29.00
Tutorials (FT) 3.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 0.50 25.00 35% Oral Presentation
Course Work 01 n/a 75.00 35% Laboratory Reports and Tests from Portfolio
Course Work 03 n/a 0.00 40% Completed Portfolio