BMSC13011 - Advanced Transfusion Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit enables you to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles of Transfusion Science, building on the knowledge and understanding of the principles gained in earlier units. You will gain vital knowledge on topics such as safe blood storage and handling, blood typing and the detection and identification of antibodies significant in transfusion. You will also perform compatibility testing and discuss the potential adverse outcomes of blood transfusions plus pre-natal, antenatal and postnatal screening. You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school in Rockhampton and an assessment task will be completed on campus during this residential school. The theoretical and practical sessions will allow you to develop skills in critical steps necessary in providing safe blood for transfusion in routine and emergency situations.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science AND

BMSC13009 Immunology OR BMSC13023 Applied Immunology

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Case Study 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.71% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 70.00% response rate.

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: SUTE
Students found residential school challenging.
Consider ways to increase student support during residential school.
Action Taken
Residential school delivery format was reviewed to increase student support.
Source: SUTE
Some students commented that the sound quality of some lectures was suboptimal.
Continue to update lectures with improved audio clarity.
Action Taken
Numerous lectures were rerecorded with better sound quality and more updated information.
Source: Informal feedback during residential school
Students found the laboratory manual well written and easy to follow.
Continue with current format and layout of the laboratory manual.
Action Taken
Laboratory manual format was maintained to support student learning outcomes.
Source: Informal feedback during residential school
Some students found the unit content enjoyable and relevant to industry expectation.
Continue with current unit content format for relevancy.
Action Taken
Unit content and its format was continued to enhance student experience and industry expectation.
Source: SUTE
Some students felt that more examples and elaborations were required in some areas of the unit.
Continue to review and update lecture material as required.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Some students did not interact much during the residential school and throughout the term.
Continue to increase use of interactive sessions throughout the term and during residential school.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE and self reflection
The implementation of a virtual weekly quizzes via Kahoot enhanced student learning experience.
Continue to increase use of virtual kahoot quizzes in more areas of this unit for continued student experience.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the production, labelling, storage and transportation of human blood products and their medical uses
  2. Perform advanced testing in Transfusion Science including pre-transfusion, compatibility testing, antenatal and the testing for autoantibodies
  3. Demonstrate the correct interpretation and reporting of test results in Transfusion Science
  4. Examine the role of antibodies in erythrocyte destruction and their effect on the principles of transfusion including adverse transfusion outcomes
  5. Critique the importance of quality control in transfusion science and explain the results
  6. Discuss the factors contributing to adverse transfusion outcomes and their effects in transfusion science.

Competency Based Standards for Medical Scientists, December 2009.

Unit 1: Collection, preparation and analysis of clinical material - Elements 1.1.1 - 1.1.3; 1.1.6 - 1.1.8; 1.2.4; 1.3.1 - 1.3.5; 1.5.1 - 1.5.5 & 1.6.1 - 1.6.8;

Unit 2: Correlation and validation of results of investigations using knowledge of method(s) including analytical principles and clinical information - Elements 2.1.1 - 2.1.2; 2.2.1; 2.3.1 & 2.3.2

Unit 3: Interpretation, reporting and issuing of laboratory results - Elements 3.1.1

Unit 4: Maintenance of documentation, equipment, resources and stock - Elements 4.2.1 - 4.2.6

Unit 5: Maintenance and promotion of safe working practices - Elements 5.1.3; 5.2.1; 5.3.4; 5.3.9; 5.4.1 - 5.4.5

Unit 6: Professional accountability and participation in continuing professional development - Elements 6.5.6 & 6.5.7

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Case Study
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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