Course Title: Perform immunohaematological tests

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ONPS5670C

Course Title: Perform immunohaematological 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

Andrea McAdam

Nominal Hours: 80

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

The following 3 competencies are all pre -requisites for this course

MSL974006A Perform biological procedures

MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination

MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability of technical personnel to perform routine tests and procedures that are part of the requirements of pre- and post-blood transfusion practice. The unit also covers tests and procedures that are indicated in laboratory investigations in obstetric and perinatal medicine, in suspected haemolysis and haemolytic episodes and in other clinical circumstances.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975006A Perform immunohaematological tests


1. Process samples and associated request forms

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Check and match samples and request forms before they are accepted
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, applying required document tracking mechanisms
1.4. Process samples as required by requested tests
1.5. Store sample components appropriately until required 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 samples, for possible future reference, under conditions suitable to maintain viability


3. Maintain a safe environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Use established 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 recording or transcribing required data as required
4.2. Maintain instrument logs as required by accreditation checklists
4.3. Maintain records of blood and blood products received, used and returned to supplier
4.4. Maintain security and confidentiality of all clinical information, laboratory data and records

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

the learning activities in this course include in-class worksheets & discussions, practical activities, online activities & and an industry visit.

Teaching Schedule

10/7Introduction to Transfusion Science (Immunohaematology)Equipment / Reagents 
17/7Managing Information SafelyWashing cells / RC suspensions 
24/7Antibodies meet AntigensAgglutination reactionsAssessment 1
31/7What’s a Blood Group?ABO Groups 
7/8Positive or Negative? Rh(D) and related groupsABO-Rh(D) GrpAssessment 2
14/8Blood ProductsABO-Rh(D) Grp 
21/8Column Agglutination Technique (CAT) ABO-Rh(D) (CAT) 
28/8Mid semester reviewABO-Rh(D) (CAT)Assessment 3
4/9Antibody Screen and Crossmatch Blood Group & Antibody Screen 
11/9Haemolytic ReactionsBlood Group & Antibody Screen 
18/9Antenatal Screening & Neonatal Transfusion (incl HDFN)Grp & Screen (Tube) + CATAssessment 4
25/9student break  
2/10Quality Assurance / Computer Crossmatching DAT & Maternal+Baby Grp 
9/10Australian Red Cross Blood ServiceExcursion – Australian Red Cross Blood Service 
16/10Revision / Case StudiesPractical Revision – Case studiesAssessment 5
23/10 Practical Assessment Asessment 6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Asessment may include the following:

Written Tests

Practical reports



Reports on site visits

Assessment Tasks

Asessment 1                                                                                                                           15%
(part 1- sample validity- in class 24 July
 +  part 2- Educational poster design- submit online by 31/7               

Assessment 2  – blood groups (open book)- in class 7th August                                10%

Assessment 3-  Dry Case Study Exercises – applied theory - exam week                  15%

Assessment 4- blood products submit online by 18th September                                10%

Assessment 5- Questions & Reflections – ARCBS Excursion                                       10%

Assessment 6- Portfolio including Workbook & Worksheets                                          40%

laboratory competency test                                                                                                  C/NYC

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (tests, reports, assignments) and be assessed as competent in the practical componenet
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 (eg pass the tests but fail the prac reports).
Students must attend at least 80% of practical classes. If you miss a prac class you should provide a copy of your medical certificate or other evidence (court appearance, funeral notice, statutory declaration) to the teacher.
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 the assessment.

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

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 online) with medical certificate or other supporting documentation.  You will be advised of the outcome of your application for Special Consideration by email. The taking of Annual Leave does NOT constitute grounds for special consideration.

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.


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