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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 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BMSC12003 - Haematology and Transfusion Science
and BMSC13009 - 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 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Case Study 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Portfolio 0%
4. 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 61.11% 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: 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
In planning for this year's delivery the hierarchy of information and navigability of the moodle site was reappraised. As well as considering feedback from unit evaluations, advice was sought from students during the residential school, when they could shown in-person what they liked and did not like, and what they used and did not use. This helped to tweak the structure of the course and the presentation of each week's material.
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
This year the content and formatting of the residential school was refreshed under the expert guidance of a recently appointed lecturer from industry and in consultation with senior laboratory supervisor. In particular, a new assay was included.
Source: Self-reflection, discussion between teaching staff and with the HoC.
Reassess the prescribed textbook for the unit. The current text is Immunohematology: Principles and Practice 3rd (2011) by Eva Quinley.
The third edition of 'Quinley' has been used for several years. According to the publishers, a new edition is due shortly but the same message has been repeated for the last couple of years. It is hoped that this is forthcoming before T2 2019, especially as there are few alternatives to this internationally acknowledged market leader. The choice of recommended supplementary texts, each of which focuses on an aspect of transfusion science but does not provide an overarching perspective, will be reassessed and changes made where required.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection, discussion between teaching staff and with the HoC, and student evaluation.
Reassess the lecture content of the unit.
A proportion of lectures were re-recorded for first time delivery in 2018. This process of updating lectures and other learning materials will be continued for 2019, in order to ensure the currency of information.
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 / postnatal / neonatal screening and the testing for autoantibodies
  3. Demonstrate the correct interpretation and reporting of test results in Transfusion Science
  4. Discuss the role of antibodies in erythrocyte destruction and their effect on the principles of transfusion including adverse transfusion outcomes
  5. Discuss 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
1 2 3 4 5 6
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Portfolio
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Case Study
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Portfolio
4 - Examination