Human Blood and Blood Functions
Discover the different components of blood with Universiti Malaya
The human blood is a crucial part of the body that helps regulate homeostatic functions, deliver nutrients for cell function, and remove waste from the body.
On this three-week course from Universiti Malaya, you’ll gain an introduction to human blood and the different functions it performs. With this knowledge, you’ll have a better understanding of how the human body works.
First, you’ll delve into the five components of blood; red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Next, you’ll discover how each component has a specific purpose.
Understand the functions of blood
You’ll investigate the many functions of human blood, such as helping to fight infections, removing waste, and carrying nutrients.
This knowledge will help you further explore the components of blood as you gain an understanding of conditions such as anaemia and polycythaemia.
Explore the roles of erythrocytes, leucocytes, and platelets
With your knowledge of blood functions, you’ll delve into the role of specific blood components such as erythrocytes, leucocytes, and platelets.
Next, you’ll unpack the main events that happen in haemostasis – the body’s response to help stop bleeding.
Understand different blood types
During the final week of the course, you’ll explore different blood types to understand the compatibility of blood types during transfusion. Within this, you’ll also unpack what is meant by a universal donor and recipient.
Guided by the experts at Universiti Malaya, you’ll finish the course with a greater understanding of human blood and its functions to ensure you have a solid foundation of knowledge to build on in further studies.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Justify the impacts of learning about blood and what it can bring for the future.
- Describe the various functions of the blood components.
- Explain issues that can arise from diseases related to the blood.
- Classify the available blood groups in humans and the importance of each blood group.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for students who are studying human biology, medical science, biological science, physiotherapy, laboratory technology, and nursing.
It would also be useful for pre-university students aspiring to pursue clinical medicine.
Who developed the course?
LocationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
World rankingTop 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021
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