Course Title: Perform haematological tests

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

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:

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


Maintain laboratory records

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 conditions suitable to maintain viability


Perform tests

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


Process samples and associated request details

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.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Practical classes incorperating use of automation, microscopy and some manual techniques

Theory of underpinning knowledge

Group work

Question sheets


Teaching Schedule

7.2.11 Haem introduction Blood collection OHS review
14.2.11 Cells and documents automated counts films 
21.2.11 Red cells and parameters PCV films ESR Film staining
SOP requirements
28.2.11 WBC FBE Prac write up
Coulter ***
7.3.11 Auto count FBE protocols
Platelet Ct
14.3.11 Lab procedures/NATA requirements
21.3.11  Automation review/Case study  
28.3.11 Prac assessment 
4.4.11 Test week 
11.4.11 Manual test Patient 1 PT Automatic testing
Coag introduction
18.4.11 Man coag PT APTT 
2.5.11 Automation 2 patients /History/ 
9.5.11 Automation with anomaly 2 patients
Prac Write Up ***
16.5.11 Fibrinolysis DDimer 
23.5.11  Question sheets Coag procedures QC 
30.5.11 Review Prac assessment completion/Tutorial 
6.6.11 Test wk 
13.6.11 Supp week 
11.7.11 FBE protocols
Lab workflow procedures Question sheet
18.7.11  Intro to anaemia Parameters case studies 
25.7.11 Fe deficiency 
1.8.11 Megaloblastic 
8.8.11 NNA  Deficiency test 
15.8.11 Haemolytic anaemias 1 Reticulocytes 
22.8.11 Haemolysis 2 
29.8.11 Test 
5.9.11 Haemolysis 3  
12.9.11 Infectious disease Bacterial
Prac assessment
19.9.11 Holiday 
26.9.11 Infections Viral ( Assignment due) 
3.10.11 Leukemias acute and chronic  
10.10.11 Platelet disorders
 17.10.11 Splenectomy
Prac Assessment-final
 24.10.11 Review/revision 
 31.10.11 Theory test final 
 7.11.11 Supplementary testing 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

On line resources such as bloodline

Library resources as suggested

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Theory Tests Week 17 and 34                      20%

On line multiple choice tests   (8)                 40%

Automation assignment  sem 2                    10%

Portfolio of Practical Work, records etc.         10%

2 Practical write ups                                            20%

Practical assessment of use of automation, recording and performance of testing C or NYC

All parts of assessment must be satisfactory to pass course.

80% practical attendance is required to pass the course

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Nominal 130 hours consist s of

28X3 hour practical sessions                                                                    84 hours

2 theory tests 2 hours each and supplementary tests as needed       6 hours

0n line tests                                                                                                 2 hours

Research and on line reading  for practicals and assignment           8 hours

Lectures/ tutorials                                                                                        27 hours

Practical assessment                                                                                  3 hours

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