Course Title: Perform haematological tests

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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 in a simulated pathology laboratory .

Tutorials, online quizzes, in- class case studies and question sheets

Teaching Schedule


Week commencingTheory Practical
 10.2.14Haem introduction OHS review blood
 17.2.14Cells and documents, automated counts,Automated counts Films
 24.2.14WBC Red cells and parameters. PCV. SOP requirements  Films ESR Film Manual staining WCC
 3.3.14FBE parameter review Prac write up due 17/3/14 
Coulter *** 8%
  On line quiz 2%
 Coulter counting


Spurious results

Auto count FBE protocols
Platelet Count 
 17.3.14Worksheet  Cell review Coulter/ IM kit test
 24.3.14Lab procedures/NATA requirements
Automation review/Case study Prac assessment as required
 Coulter QC
 31.3.14Test week
On line quiz 2%
 7.4.14Coagulation Intro  Manual testing PT
 14.4.14Clotting Factors  Man PT,APTT
 28.4.14Automation QC/History/ Stago speakerStago  2 patients
Prac Write Up *** 8% due 19.5.14
On line quiz 2%
  Automation with anomaly 2 patients Stago D dimer demo
 12.5.14Patients ctdQC review 
 19.5.14 Coag procedures QC Question sheets
 26.5.14Review /Tutorial Prac assessment completion
 2.6.14Test wk 24% 
 Semester break/Holiday 
 7.7.14FBE protocols Parameters case studies
Lab workflow procedures 
 14.7.14Intro to anaemia Fe deficiency 
 21.7.14Megaloblastic anaemia 

NNA Deficiency testing

on line quiz 2%

 4.8.14Haemolytic anaemias 1 Reticulocytes 
 11.8.14Haemolysis 2 
18.8.14Haemolysis 3

Test week/ review questions

on line quiz 2%

1.9.14Infectious disease Bacterial
Prac assessment- preliminary-blood film evaluation 
 Infections Viral
 8.9.14Leukemias 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


  •  Open book tests on underpinning knowledge of haematology techniques and applications to the laboratory- one per semester
  • online quizzes- three per semester
  • Practical tests and in class practical observation-   Competent or not yet competent only. Students will be given more than one opportunity to demonstarte competence
  •  Practical reports- two
  • Log book- must show accurate recording of results obtained in practical classes, noting acceptable and out of range results, QC etc. To obtain higher than a pass grade in -depth knowledge and understanding of techniques must be demonstrated in the comments and answers to questions

Assessment Matrix

AssessmentDue dateValue

Log book/worksheets showing adequate recording of results

Due end of semester on day of written test 20%

Open book tests on underpinning knowledge and the application of this knowledge in the lab


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 Reports(2)

Week 4 due 17/3/14

Week13 due week 19/5/14

Practical assessmenton going in practical classes and sessions as per scheduleCompetent or not yet competent



Other Information

Assessment Information

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exam, prac reports, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. But you also need to have passed the other assessments as well. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac reports).

• 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. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.


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