Course Title: Perform haematological tests

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: ONPS5204C

Course Title: Perform haematological tests

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5182 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Gwen Macdonald

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4283

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 130

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

ONPS5202 Perform biological procedures

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the ability to determine levels, function, activity and interactions of cellular and plasma components of blood using tests and procedures identified with the discipline of laboratory haematology. This course does not cover the laboratory aspects of transfusion science; these are covered in "Perform immunohaematological tests". While this unit focuses on the laboratory investigation of human physiology and pathology, it reasonably describes aspects of work performed in veterinary settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PMLTEST502B Perform haematological tests


Maintain a safe environment

Performance Criteria:

Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel
Clean up spills using appropriate techniques to protect personnel, work area and environment from contamination 

Minimise the generation of wastes 

Ensure the safe disposal of biohazardous materials and other laboratory wastes in accordance with enterprise procedures


Maintain laboratory records

Performance Criteria:

Make entries on report forms or into computer systems, accurately recording or transcribing required data as required

Update instrument maintenance logs as required by accreditation checklists

Maintain security and confidentiality of all clinical information, laboratory data and records.


Perform tests

Performance Criteria:

Select authorised tests that are indicated for the requested investigations

Conduct individual tests according to documented methodologies, applying required quality control procedures

Record all results, noting any phenomena that may be relevant to the interpretation of results

Seek advice of section head or other responsible colleague when result interpretation is outside parameters of authorised approval
Store unused sample or sample components, for possible future reference, under


Process samples and associated request details

Performance Criteria:

Sort specimens according to tests requested, urgent status and volume

Return samples and request forms that do not comply with requirements to their source with reasons for non-acceptance

Log acceptable samples and request forms, applying required document tracking mechanisms

Process samples as required by requested tests

Store samples and sample components appropriately until ready for testing

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Laboratory classes (simulation of pathology laboratory)  and tutorials 

Quizzes and worksheets

Teaching Schedule

Feb 9thIntroduction to Haematology. Review of OH&S. Blood collection NATA requirements 
Feb 16thTypes of cells. Laboratory documentation. Automated counts and blood films  
Feb 23rdRed cells and parameters. PCV. Blood films and staining .ESR
SOP requirements
In class quiz
March 2ndWBC FBE Operation of the Coulter
Prac report to be written up from this session
March 9thAutomated count. FBE protocols
Platelet count
March 16thLab procedures/NATA requirements
March 23rdReview of automation.Case study

In class quiz

Assignment set

March 30thPractical Assessment-making and staining film 
April 13thMid Semester Tests 
April 20thIntroduction to clotting tests. Patient manual tests including PT  
April 27thPatient manual tests 2 PT APTT Automatic testing
Stago speaker
May 4thAutomation 2 patients. Patient history/In class quiz
May 11thAutomation with anomaly 2 patients Prac report to be written up from this session
May 18thFibrinolysis testing. DDimer  
May 25th

Question sheets

QC of coagulation procedures

In class quiz
June 1st

Review & tutorial

Prac assessment     completion

 Automation Prac will be assessed ongoing during term 2 and at end as necessary
June 8thEnd of Semester Tests 
June 15thAdditional testing if required 
June 21 - July 9thMID YEAR HOLIDAYS 
July 13thFBE protocols. Lab workflow procedures Question sheet  
July 20thIntro to anaemia.Parameters. Case studies  In class quiz
July 27th Iron deficiency anaemia 
Aug 3rd Megaloblastic anaemia 
Aug 10th NNA Deficiency test  In class quiz
Aug 17thHaemolytic anaemias 1 Reticulocytes  
Aug 24thHaemolysis 2  
Aug 31st Mid semester tests 
Sept 7thHaemolysis 3  In class quiz

Infectious diseases -  Bacterial

Practical assessment--film assessment and recording

Sept 28th Infectious diseases - Viral  
Oct 5th Leukemias - acute and chronic  In class quiz
Oct 12th Platelet disorders,Polycythemia
Oct 19thEffects of splenectomy
Practical Assessment -final
Oct 26thRevision of Semester’s work 
Nov 1stEnd of Semester Exams 
Nov 8thAdditional testing if required

Students must ensure they are

 available to attend this week

if required

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam

Assessment Tasks

Log book                              

Must be signed by teacher at the end of each class and handed in at the end of each term on day of test                                                                               



Term 2
Automation assignment set 19/4                   due  3/5        

Term 3    Parameters assignment set 6/9    due 27/9,                                                                       


Semester 1 ,  Week 17  

Semester    2 , Week 16                                                                                                                                             


Portfolio of in class quizzes  

8 per year 

Only best 4 scores used in final grade                                                                                                                                                                                

Practical  Reports                 

Term 1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Prac assessment                  

End of Term 1 (30/3) Ongoing during term 2 and finalised 1/6 

Term 3  (13/9)  Term 4 ( 19/10)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Competent/Not Yet Competent

Additional Requirements 

All assessment tasks must be passed to pass the subject.  

80% of all practical sessions must be attended to pass the subject

Observation of student using Standard Operating Procedures and complying with all OHS requirements during practical work  is necessary to be competent

Submission of work & late work-Students are required to submit work on the due date at the School Office using the cover sheets provided. The work will only be accepted through the School Office and you will receive a receipt which you should keep as proof of submission. Students must NOT submit work directly to the teacher.
Late submission of work will incur a penalty of 5% of the maximum mark per day unless Special Consideration is applied for in writing using the required form. Marks can be deducted until the minimum pass mark is reached, after which no further marks will be deducted. Work will not be accepted more than 1 week after the due date.
Special Consideration- Any student who, because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control, has been prevented from attending a test, or whose performance in a test was affected by illness or other circumstances beyond their control may apply for Special Consideration. This must be done within 48 hours of the missed assessment/ assignment by lodging the appropriate form (available at the 6th floor office) with medical certificate or other supporting documentation at the Reception Office on Level 6, Building 51. Note: It is the policy of the School of Life and Physical Sciences NOT to AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTARY OR DEFERRED EXAMS. You will be advised of the outcome of your application for Special Consideration. The taking of Annual Leave does NOT constitute grounds for special consideration.

Attendance Requirements- Student must attend 80% of practical classes to pass. Practical exercises will be chosen for presentation as formal reports. If they are not satisfactory, you will be given an opportunity to resubmit. If you are absent from a session nominated for a formal report and you have applied for special consideration, it is your responsibility to negotiate a replacement report with the teacher. You MUST submit the number of required reports in order to pass the subject.

Plagiarism- Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited.
It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

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