Course Title: Perform haematological tests

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ONPS5666C

Course Title: Perform haematological tests

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5283 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Gwen MacDonald

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

ONPS5659C Biological procedures

ONPS5198 Perform microscopic examination

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:

MSL975002A Perform haematological tests


1. Process samples and associated request details

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Sort specimens according to tests requested, urgent status and volume
1.2. Return samples and request forms that do not comply with requirements to their source with reasons for non-acceptance
1.3. Log acceptable samples and request forms, applying required document tracking mechanisms
1.4. Process samples as required by requested tests
1.5. Store samples and sample components appropriately until ready for testing


2. Perform tests

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Select authorised tests that are indicated for the requested investigations
2.2. Conduct individual tests according to documented methodologies, applying required quality control procedures
2.3. Record all results, noting any phenomena that may be relevant to the interpretation of results
2.4. Seek advice of section head or other responsible colleague when result interpretation is outside parameters of authorised approval
2.5. Store unused sample or sample components, for possible future reference, under conditions suitable to maintain viability


3. Maintain a safe environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel
3.2. Clean up spills using appropriate techniques to protect personnel, work area and environment from contamination
3.3. Minimise the generation of wastes
3.4. Ensure the safe disposal of biohazardous materials and other laboratory wastes in accordance with enterprise procedures


4. Maintain laboratory records

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Make entries on report forms or into computer systems, accurately calculating, recording or transcribing required data as required
4.2. Update instrument maintenance logs as required by accreditation checklists
4.3. Maintain security and confidentiality of all clinical information, laboratory data and records

Learning Outcomes

Competency based

Details of Learning Activities

Practical classes quizzes, in class case studies and question sheets

Teaching Schedule

 11.2.13Haem introduction 
 18.2.13Cells and documents, automated counts, films 
 25.2.13WBC Red cells and parameters. PCV. Films ESR Film  Manual staining WCC
SOP requirements 
 4.3.13FBE parameter review Prac write up
Coulter *** 8%
  On line quiz 2%
 11.3.13Platelets Auto count FBE protocols
Platelet Count
 18.3.13Coulter/ IM kit test Worksheet 
 25.3.13Lab procedures/NATA requirements
Automation review/Case study 
 1.4.13Prac assessment as required 
 8.4.13Test week
On line quiz 2%
 15.4.13Coagulation Intro manual testing PT 
 22.4.13Clotting Factors Man PT,APTT Stago 
 29.5.13Automation 2 patients QC/History/ Stago speaker 
 6.5.13Fibrinolysis Automation with anomaly 2 patients Stago D dimer demo
Prac Write Up *** 8%
On line quiz 2%
 13.5.13Patients ctd 
 20.5.13Question sheets Coag procedures QC 
 27.5.13Review Prac assessment completion/Tutorial 
 3.6.13Test wk 24% 
 8.7.13FBE protocols Parameters case studies
Lab workflow procedures 
 15.7.13Intro to anaemia Fe deficiency 
 22.7.13Megaloblastic anaemia 

NNA Deficiency testing

on line quiz 2%

 5.8.13Haemolytic anaemias 1 Reticulocytes 
 12.8.13Haemolysis 2 
19.8.13Haemolysis 3

Test week/ review questions

on line quiz 2%

 2.9.13Infectious disease Bacterial
Prac assessment- preliminary
 Infections Viral
 9.9.13Leukemias acute and chronic

Platelet disorders

Spurious results



Preliminary prac assessment

on line quiz 2%



Prac Assessment- blood film assessment
Final prac assessment as required -case studies 
 28.10.13Test -final theory(28%) 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Library access- suggested texts for further information

Dacie and Lewis : Practical Haematology

Hoffbrand and Pettit : Haematology

Bain : Blood Cells a Practical Guide

Haematology Atlas (Sandoz)

Rozenberg: Microscopic Haematology

Howard and Hamilton: Haematology
/ for images in haematology

RCPA website

ASH Bloodline website

Further sites may be used in classes as required

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include tests, quizzes, assignments and practical assessment

Assessment Tasks

Log book showing adequate recording of results obtained in practical classes noting out of range results and acceptable results,QC etc.

Pass if minimal requirements only met. Higher than pass grade if in depth knowledge and understanding of technique demonstrated in comments and answers to questions.(20% of final grade)Due on theory test day of semesters 1 and 2

Tests on underpinning knowledge of haematology techniques and applications to the laboratory- on line and written,open book.Higher than pass grade must demonstrate in depth knowledge of applications and underpinning knowledge  (64% of final mark)     see schedule for weeks of tests

Practical tests   Competent or not yet competent only-  Repeat assessment available in class as required.

Practical write ups (16%)Pass if minimal requirements only met. Higher than pass grade if in depth knowledge and understanding of technique demonstrated in comments and answers to questions. See schedule for dates.


Assessment Matrix

Log book/worksheets showing adequate recording of results

Due end of semester on day of written test 20%

Tests on underpinning knowledge 

open book 

Week 17 semester 1

Week 17 semester 2

Portfolio of small assessment tests on line

Semester 1 weeks 4,8,13

Semester 2 week 4,8,12

Practical write ups(2)

Week 4 due 18/3/13

Week13 due week 20/5/13

Practical assessmenton going in practical classes and sessions as per scheduleCompetent or non competent



Other Information

Students must obtain an overall test score of 32% to pass this course. They must also have an overall score of 18% for the combined reports and log book to pass this course.Practical assessments  must be passed also
Other Relevant Information
If you are absent from a session nominated for a formal practical report it is your responsibility to negotiate a replacement report with the teacher. A medical certificate or other acceptable documentation is required to be eligible to write up a different experiment.
Extension of time for submission of assessable work:
A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date.
They must lodge the application form (available on the web) at least the day before the due date.
The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51.
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected, and therefore will receive a zero grade.
Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web)

For missed assessments such as exams- you must fill out a special consideration form and provide appropriate evidence. This form must be lodged online within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination. You have additional time to provide evidence. Full details are available through MyRMIT

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