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. You will gain vital knowledge on topics such as blood storage, blood typing, cross matching and immune response. The theoretical and practical sessions will allow you to develop skills in antenatal and postnatal screening in addition to performing tests required for emergency or planned blood transfusions.


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

BMSC12003 - Haematology and Transfusion Science
and BMSC13009 - Immunology

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

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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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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 58.33% 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: Students
The recorded lectures are poor quality and are from 2014 with no changes, 2-3 hr lectures are too long. There was a great deal of content.
Redo the lectures with better format, and repeatedly include questions on important topics in the learning resources at the end of each week, instead of just the week the lecture is delivered.
Action Taken
Lecture recording quality was improved and learning outcomes reiterated on the moodle site and by message to students.
Source: Judy Couper
There is a large amount of content for the unit so I think there needs to be a larger choice of questions on the exam paper, there was only one spare question for each part and the questions weren't clear, students interpreted the questions differently.
Add an extra two questions to Part A and Part B, and have the exam questions reviewed by a third party experienced in the field to avoid ambiguity.
Action Taken
The exam format was revised accordingly.
Source: Industry expert
We need to add phenotyping into the practical component of the unit as it is an important part of transfusion
Include phenotyping into the practical manual
Action Taken
This was included as an additional residential school practical component.
Source: Student feedback report
Well structured Moodle site with through answers to Q&As and discussion forum queries
Year on year the navigation of the moodle site is reappraised to ensure ease of access to online learning resources. Whenever possible, it is the intention to provide full and prompt responses to all student queries, either posted on the message board or by direct e-mail to the unit coordinator.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback report
Very well organised and informative residential school
We reassess the content and order of the practical classes each year, so that the subsequent iteration better meets the delivery of the intended learning outcomes. This is especially important for a unit in which putting theory into practice is such an important aspect
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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