Course Title: Haematology and Transfusion Science 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Haematology and Transfusion Science 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Ms Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.007B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an in-depth theoretical foundation and practical knowledge of basic haematology and blood banking and their application in haematology & blood banking laboratories for patient care and management. Theory and practical sessions will cover basic theory and techniques involved in the laboratory investigation and understanding of anaemias, basic leucocyte disorders, coagulation/haemostasis and blood transfusion.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC158 Master in Laboratory Medicine:  

  • PLO1 Knowledge Capability: Have a comprehensive understanding of key scientific principles underpinning laboratory medicine and have developed a systemic knowledge of core cellular and molecular processes underlying health and disease.  Have advanced knowledge of two core clinical speciality disciplines of laboratory medicine and advanced management skills. 
  • PLO2 Technical Capability: Ability to develop and perform a range of diagnostic techniques relevant to the field of laboratory medicine.  To use logical and systemic thinking and high level critical analysis skills to solve problems by utilising diagnostic techniques and methodologies in the chosen areas of clinical laboratory specialisation.
  • PLO3 Professional Work Practices Have a critical awareness of principles relating to scientific integrity, ethical issues and legal framework that underpins the field of laboratory medicine. Contribute to professional work settings through effective interpersonal and teamwork skills to support constructive interactions.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1.  Be able to critically discuss in-depth theoretical knowledge of basic haematology including the process of haematopoiesis and the structure & function of the various blood constituents, normal haemostasis, including blood coagulation and the role of platelets and understand the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical and laboratory features of significant haematological disorders.
  2. Apply in-depth theoretical knowledge of basic blood banking including the inheritance, characteristics and nature of clinically important blood group antigens and antibodies, and relevant interactions between antigens and antibodies, to the competent performance of blood groups, antibody screens, investigation of positive antibody screens and transfusion reactions.
  3. Prepare, examine and report on stained peripheral blood smears (normal and abnormal) to include differential white cell count and assessment of morphology in certain disease states.
  4. Explain how certain disease processes may lead to a change in the numbers and morphology of blood cells in certain disease states.
  5. Select and perform efficiently and competently, a range of routine haematology & blood banking laboratory tests
  6. Explain the importance of quality control and health and safety procedures in the haematology laboratory and the blood bank.

Overview of Learning Activities

The theory and practical components of the course include lectures/lectorials, tutorials, with separate morphology and wet practical classes. Most of the learning materials are accessible online through the RMIT Learning Management System which includes asynchronous discussion groups and student access to a range of online tools. By structuring many of the practical and lectorial exercises as problem-solving case-studies, you are encouraged to develop your critical thinking and interpretative skills.   Total Study Hours   You will undertake 4 hours per week of laboratory practical classes, 1 hour per week of lectures/lectorials and 1 hour per fortnight of tutorial classes. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will use online resources as its primary tool available via the RMIT online Learning Management System (LMS) as well as Textbooks and a Laboratory Manual. These will be supported by notes and handouts where necessary.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.   

Assessment Tasks   

Early Assessment Task:  Group Poster/Presentation/New Wiki page  

Weighting 10%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2  

Assessment Task 2:  Mid-semester test/s and continuous quizzes.  

Weighting 30%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4   

Assessment Task 3: End of semester exams (theory and practice).   

Weighting 55%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6   

Assessment 4: Practical & morphology class attendance  

Weighting 5%   

This assessment supports CLOs 3, 5 & 6