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BMSC12004 - Immunohaematology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Students should be able to discuss important aspects in immunohaematology including blood storage, blood typing, cross matching and the immune response on successful completion of this course. Students will gain this vital knowledge and develop skills in performing the tests required for emergency and planned blood transfusions via theoretical and practical sessions. Distance education (FLEX) students will be required to have access to a computer to make frequent use of internet resources and to attend a residential school on Rockhampton campus to promote development of course learning outcomes.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 60%
2. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback AIMS accreditors
Verry positive endorsement of the residential school practicals.
For future provision, aim to maintain high standards and to make minor modifications to further facilitate the ease and extent of student learning.
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection Student feedback Course team review
Queries over the relative weighting of course assessments (in-course, practical and examination).
For future provision, student performance in each of the assessments will be reviewed by the course coordinator and consideration given to the make-up and relative weighting of course assessments.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe blood products, their production, labelling, storage and medical use.
  2. Discuss blood grouping via antigen/antibody identification.
  3. Describe principles and concepts of blood type cross matching (immunohaematology and immunophenotyping).
  4. Perform blood cross matching by identifying the presence of antibodies (Coombs' test) and interpret results.
  5. Describe the classification of adverse transfusion reactions and the consequences of using incompatible blood products.
  6. Describe factors for consideration in urgent blood transfusion.
  7. Discuss the production of autoantibodies and their role in erythrocyte destruction and tissue inflammation.
  8. Perform direct antiglobulin tests.
  9. Describe anenatal and postnatal immunohaematology testing.
  10. Discuss blood bank automation and quality control of manual and automated blood cross matching.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Examination