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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 15/03/2022 12:00:13

Title of Module: Intermediate Blood Sciences

Code: BIOL09032 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Robin  Freeburn

Summary of Module

The module expands upon the clinical chemistry and blood sciences covered in Core Biomedical Science (BIOL08019).

We build upon the QA/QC work in Core Biomedical Science introducing ROC curves and PPV/NPV.  Westgard analysis and Levey-Jennings plots are discussed. 

In the clinical chemistry component the following topics are covered;  Fluid and electrolyte balance.  Plasma proteins along with their respective functions and pathologies such as hypo-and hypergammaglobinopathies.  Disorders of carbohydrate metabolism will be examined followed by plasma lipids disorders.  The endocrinology of hypothalamus/pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and gonadal glands and the role of the biomedical scientist in diagnosing endocrinological pathologies discussed.  Disorders of calcium and phosphate metabolism will also be introduced.

The module will also include cover therapeutic drug monitoring and chemical toxicology.  The second part of this module details haematological aspects including the components of blood and the structure and function of blood cells. It provides an in depth guide to processes in haemopoiesis, structure and role of haemoglobin, haemostasis and an insight into some of the more common haemopoietic disorders.  From a laboratory perspective the student will gain experience in performing ELISA and Western blot techniques, microscopic analysis of cells in the blood, prothrombin time, thrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time and determine the INR and APTT ratio.  During this module, the student will gain an appreciation for scientific evidence supporting concepts and our knowledge of the subject area.  Students will be encouraged to utilise research literature and gain skills in literature searching and acquisition.

  • To provide an introductory level knowledge and experience in Clinical Chemistry and Haematology

  • This module will work to develop a number of the key “I am UWS” Graduate Attributes to make those who complete the module (e.g.) Universal - Analytical, Inquiring, Collaborative and Research Minded. Work Ready - Knowledgeable, Problem-solver, Motivated Successful - Incisive, Imaginative, Resilient, Driven

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate an appreciation of some of the elementary concepts and language employed in Clinical Biochemistry to enable a broad and integrated comprehension of the role of Chemistry in a clinical and pathological setting.

L2. Develop a detailed knowledge and appreciation of the normal functioning of the blood, including the genetics and clinical importance of the major blood group systems, and of the mechanisms of haemostasis.

L3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the importance of data handling and interpretation.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

A broad and integrated knowledge of clinical biochemistry, the relevant background physiology and biochemistry, and its application in clinical diagnosis and forensic science.

A critical understanding of the analytical techniques used in diagnosis.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

To utilize a selection of the practices and methodology taught in the module to carry out a series of laboratory and theoretical investigations relevant to clinical diagnosis and forensic science.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

To undertake a critical analysis of pathological data presented to form a diagnosis.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

To use a range of IT skills such as the use of scientific data bases to support and enhance studies.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

To exercise autonomy and initiative in preparing reports and solving individual case studies and realize the importance of this in a professional setting.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Core Biomedical Science
Cells & Sugars
Human Biology
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes will include formal lectures, structured tutorials, laboratory classes and independent study. VLE-based support materials will be available to support the module.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Asynchronous Class Activity10
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Biomedical Science Practice: Experimental and Professional Skills (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science): Glencross H., Ahmed N. & Wang Q. (eds) OUP, ISBN: 978-0199533299

Clinical Biochemistry (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science): Ahmed N. (ed) OUP, 978-0199533930

Haematology (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science): Moore G., Knight G. & Blann A. (eds) 978-0199568833

Hoffbrand's Essential Haematology: Hoffbrand A.V. and Moss P. (7th Edition) Wiley Blackwell, ISBN:9781118408674

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at synchronous sessions (lectures, workshops, practical and tutorials), completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

This module has a practical element as part of the Institute of Biomedical Science which must be attended.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorAnne Crilly
External ExaminerD Stobo
Accreditation DetailsThis module is part of the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme; accredited by Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and approved by Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as part of BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science programme.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Class Test (x2) 50%
Coursework 50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck mark 502

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck markcheck markcheck mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.
Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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