Course Title: Haematology and Transfusion Science 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Haematology and Transfusion Science 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Rosita Zakaria

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7668

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.014A-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an in-depth theoretical foundation and practical knowledge of basic haematology and blood banking and their application in haematology & blood banking laboratories for patient care and management. Theory and practical sessions will cover basic theory and techniques involved in the laboratory investigation and understanding of anaemias, basic leucocyte disorders, coagulation/haemostasis and blood transfusion.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC158 Master in Laboratory Medicine:

  • PLO 1 Knowledge Capability: Have a comprehensive understanding of key scientific principles underpinning laboratory medicine and have developed a systemic knowledge of core cellular and molecular processes underlying health and disease.  Have advanced knowledge of two core clinical speciality disciplines of laboratory medicine and advanced management skills. 
  • PLO 2 Technical Capability: Ability to develop and perform a range of diagnostic techniques relevant to the field of laboratory medicine.  To use logical and systemic thinking and high level critical analysis skills to solve problems by utilising diagnostic techniques and methodologies in the chosen areas of clinical laboratory specialisation.
  • PLO 3 Professional Work Practices Have a critical awareness of principles relating to scientific integrity, ethical issues and legal framework that underpins the field of laboratory medicine. Contribute to professional work settings through effective interpersonal and teamwork skills to support constructive interactions.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss and analyse the normal and abnormal structures and functions of haematological constituents and interpret clinical and laboratory features of significant haematological disorders.
  2. Discuss and analyse the characteristics of common blood group antigens and their corresponding antibodies and their investigation using blood banking procedures.
  3. Examine, report, interpret and critically analyse blood films (normal and abnormal) for common haematological conditions.
  4. Perform, interpret, compare and critically analyse the relevant scientific literature in relation to manual and automated haematological / blood banking techniques used in a diagnostic laboratory, in safe and ethical manner.
  5. Demonstrate and evaluate the importance of total quality management (TQM) and health & safety procedures in the haematology laboratory and the blood bank, and be creative in problem solving.

Overview of Learning Activities

The theory and practical components of the course comprise recorded screen-casts, lectorials, morphology and wet practical classes. Most of the learning materials are accessible online through myRMIT (Canvas) which includes asynchronous discussion groups and student access to a range of online tools. By structuring many of the practical and lectorial exercises as problem-solving case studies, you are encouraged to develop your critical thinking and interpretative skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will use online resources as its primary tool available via the myRMIT website (Canvas) as well as Textbooks and a Laboratory Manual. These will be supported by notes and handouts where necessary.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Dean Learning and Teaching Science and Health. A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS) that you are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of your program
This course has HURDLE requirements for Transfusion content only.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Written Abstract
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester haematology assessment
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 3: End of semester haematology theory assessment
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: End of semester transfusion assessment
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5