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ML5305 - Advanced Immunohaematology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

The subject develops skills and knowledge required for proficiency in the safe supply of human blood products. A review of antibody antigen interaction will lead into the practical application of antibody screening, identification and compatibility testing. Quality assurance and safety of the blood supply will be covered. Case study presentation will lead the student through problem solving incompatible reactions, situations they will likely encounter in a working laboratory. Advanced techniques and current developments in stem cell transplants and cord blood banking will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • become proficient in various techniques in antibody screening and identification;
  • exercise judgment to interpret and comment on data collected during practical/clinical sessions and the interpretation of clinical case studies;
  • apply techniques of compatibility testing and be able to problem solve incompatible reactions;
  • describe and apply the requirements of a safe blood supply;
  • achieve a high level of proficiency required for employment in a medical laboratory;
  • examine advanced applications in transfusion practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (50%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more and in each of the two pieces of assessment (theory and practical exam). The BloodSafe eLearning Australia Clinical Transfusion Practice online course must be completed as part of this subject (formative assessment). Evidence that you have successfully passed this online course must be provided to the technical co-ordinator during this subject or assessment will be marked as incomplete. You must achieve a mark of >50% overall.

Prerequisites: At the discretion of the post -graduate academic advisor in consultation with the MLS course co-ordinator


Townsville, Study Period 5, Intensive
Census Date 06-May-2021
Face to face teaching 27-Apr-2021 to 21-May-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Professor David Whitmore
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.