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Unit information: Transfusion and Transplantation Science in Action 1 (TTS-C1) in 2016/17

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Unit name Transfusion and Transplantation Science in Action 1 (TTS-C1)
Unit code PANMM0010
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Denning-Kendall
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the practical aspects of transfusion and transplantation sciences and to give students an opportunity to gain some 'hands-on' experience of essential techniques in a variety of research and service laboratories. The unit comprises visits to a variety of laboratories in the Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences, the national Blood Service Bristol Blood Centre, and the University of Bristol. The unit will expose students to a wide range of research activities and state-of-the-art diagnostic services, plus a few of the more administrative aspects of transfusion and transplantation. Students will be examined on a log book describing the laboratory visits and practicals.


  • To expose students to a wide range of activities involved in routine and research aspects of transfusion and transplantation sciences.
  • To give students the opportunity to perform essential techniques.
  • To help students to develop skills in observation, recording, and interpretation of laboratory data.
  • To assist students in the critical assessment of scientific publications

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques of modern laboratory diagnostics and research as well as the rationale for their use and their role in wider contexts, such as research programmes or clinical services.
  2. Perform accurate and skilled analysis using a range of core and specialised methods
  3. Using a log book for laboratory reports, show a
  • comprehensive understanding of transfusion/transplantation science,
  • critically evaluate current research
  • evaluate techniques and methodologies and appreciate their limitations
  • show originality in the application of knowledge
  • ability to present and interpret laboratory data
  • understanding of the pre-analytical variability in donor/patient specimens
  • discuss the methods and results in the context of patient care

These are assessed by the practical reports in the log book

Teaching Information

‘Hands-on’ practicals, laboratory demonstrations, visits to specialist services, discussion sessions, journal club discussions.

Assessment Information

Log book of practical sessions.

Reading and References

Issitt & Anstee. Applied Blood Group Serology, 4th edn, 1998.

Mollison et al. Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine, 111th edn. 2005.

Sambrook, Russell. Molecular Cloning. A Laboratory Manual, 3rd edn. 2001

Murphy, Pamphilon. Practical Transfusion Medicine. Blackwell, 2005.