Course Title: Perform immunohaematological tests

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5388 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Course Title: Perform immunohaematological tests

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 80

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term2 2021


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health


Term2 2022

Course Contact: Rauha Quazi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge 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.

This unit applies to technical officers and laboratory technicians working in the biomedical industry sector. It is understood that the management of any transfusion laboratory would establish for itself, in terms of its own responsibility and purposes, the ability of any worker to work in a transfusion science laboratory, regardless of the education and training record or presumed ability of any worker.


Tests will be related to the determination of blood groups and the detection of antibodies of significance in:

  • transfusion (as laboratory evidence that in vivo cell destruction or immunisation may occur)
  • pregnancy and the peri-natal period (as evidence of sensitisation of foetal red cells by transplacental maternal antibody)
  • the investigation of haemolysis or haemolytic episodes

The tests that the worker will use will be validated and authorised procedures, clearly described in the laboratory's manual of procedures. The unit of competency is based on the assumption that technical personnel would perform tests and procedures under the close supervision of scientific and/or medical staff. The parameters of interpretation will be clearly described, indicating for the worker what he or she is permitted to sign-off without reference to supervisors or managers.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975030 Perform immunohaematological tests


1. Process samples and associated request forms

2. Perform tests

3. Maintain laboratory records

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may include

observation of laboratory skills



knowledge tests