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Unit Overview


The aim of this unit is to prepare graduates with the relevant theory and practical knowledge of transfusion science required of a medical scientist in advancing patient care in professional practice. On completion of the unit students are expected to understand and apply the Australian regulatory framework for pre-transfusion testing and transfusion practice in a clinical laboratory.

The aim is achieved by increasing knowledge and understanding of; principles of immunohaematology, methods for pre-transfusion testing and selection of compatible blood products for transfusion, the pathophysiology and investigation of transfusion reactions, and awareness of transfusion requirements of pregnant women and neonates.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain how blood is collected, tested and prepared into components for transfusion in line with the Australian regulatory framework; (2) perform pre-transfusion ABO and Rh(D) grouping, antibody screening, antibody identification and selection of compatible blood for a transfusion; (3) outline the pathophysiology of transfusion reaction investigations and haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn; and (4) perform investigation of blood transfusion reactions and haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) written examinations; and (3) practical examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the practical examinations component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Matthew Linden and Doctor Chris Cruickshank
Unit rules
PATH5161 - Laboratory Haematology
Contact hours
lectures: up to 2 hours per week
labs: up to 3 hours per week
tutorials: up to 3 hours per week
This unit includes collecting and working with blood from patients and healthy volunteers. While the activities involved have undergone risk assessment and relevant institutional biosafety approvals, some activities are considered to be exposure-prone procedures (EPPs). As such, it is important that students meet the expectations for Health Care Workers in Western Australia. Under these guidelines HCWs and students are responsible for ensuring—(1) they know their own blood borne virus status; (2) their vaccination status against vaccine preventable diseases is current and they can provide evidence of HBV vaccination or documented evidence of non-responder status; (3) any refusal to undertake recommended vaccinations and/or serology is to be documented; and (4) they adopt infection prevention practices to minimise the risk of occupational exposure (e.g. use of appropriate personal protective equipment and safe handling and disposal of sharps).
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.