Course Title: Perform immunohaematological tests

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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 - Teacher


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


5.Issue blood and blood products

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Complete documentation required to permit the issuing of blood or blood components that have been cleared for use by clinical staff

5.2. Advise courier of transport requirements to ensure blood or blood products are delivered in a timely and safe manne

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include in-class worksheets & discussions, laboratory techniques, online activities & and an industry visit.

Teaching Schedule




WeekDateTheory TopicPractical activity
16 JulIntroduction to Transfusion Science (Immunohaematology)Equipment / Reagents
213 JulManaging Information SafelyWashing cells / RC suspensions
320 JulAntibodies meet AntigensAgglutination reactions
427 JulWhat’s a Blood Group?ABO Groups
53 AugPositive or Negative? Rh(D) and related groupsABO-Rh(D) Groups (tube)
610 AugBlood Products ABO-Rh(D) (CAT)
717 AugColumn Agglutination Technique (CAT)ABO-Rh(D) (CAT)
97 SeptAntibody Screen and CrossmatchBlood Group & Antibody Screen
1014 SeptHaemolytic ReactionsBlood Group & Antibody Screen
1121 SeptAntenatal Screening & Neonatal Transfusion (incl HDFN)Grp & Screen (Tube) + CAT
1228 SeptQuality Assurance / Computer CrossmatchingDAT & Maternal + Baby Groups
135 OctAustralian Red Cross Blood ServiceIndustry site visit
1412 OctRevision / Case StudiesCase Studies
1519 OctPractical Assessment  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Asessment may include the following:

Written Tests

Practical reports



Reports on site visits

Assessment Tasks


  1.  a. Pre-transfusion guidelines: poster design – 10% – submit online 19 July 23.59
     b. Exercise – sample validity – 10% – in class 20 July
  2.   Exercise – blood groups (open book) –20% – in class 10 August
  3.   Dry Case Studies – Applied theory exam – 30% – 26 Aug (Mid-semester exam week)
  4.   Exercise – blood products – 10% – submit online 28 Sept 23.59
  5.   Questions & Reflections – ARCBS Industry visit – 5% – submit online 11 Oct 23.59
  6.   Practical assessment – S / NYS  – 21 October
  7.   Portfolio of Workbook & Worksheets – 20% – (exam week)  

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also uses graded assessment:

CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%) 
CDI Competent with Distinction (60 – 79%) 
CC Competent with Credit (50 – 59%) 
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (0 – 49%) 
NYC Not Yet Competent 
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

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

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR 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 online at least 24 hours 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.

• 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 online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


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