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ML5305 - Advanced Immunohaematology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and 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 in the theory exam. The theory exam is worth 50% of the marks for this subject. And: Achieve an overall percentage of 80% or more in the practical exam. The practical exam is worth 50% of the marks for this subject. And: Complete the BloodSafe eLearning Australia Clinical Transfusion Practice module. This is a formative assessment piece.

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 04-May-2023
Face to face teaching 25-Apr-2023 to 19-May-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours specialised
  • 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.