BMS324 Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion (8)


This subject considers the theoretical and practical aspects of blood group serology and blood banking practice, with a comprehensive laboratory component focused on different areas of immunohaematology including pre-transfusion testing, investigation of haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN), and investigation of transfusion reactions.   Distance students will complete the required practical component of the subject at a 3 day residential school.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS324
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
BMS216BMS318 BMS336 BMS341 BMS441

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the principles used for detection and identification of blood group antigens and antibodies and apply them to problem-solving activities including but not limited to case studies
  • be able to explain safe transfusion requirements, transfusion-transmitted diseases, transfusion reactions, autoimmune haemolytic anaemias; haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn, and foeto-maternal allo-immune thrombocytopenia
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the organisation of blood collection centres and blood banks in regard to donor selection, blood collection, and the processing, storage and preservation of blood products
  • be able to describe features of blood products including but not limited to their preparation methods, storage, quality control and indications for use
  • be able to conduct pre-transfusion testing
  • be able to conduct tests used for investigation of transfusion reactions and haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn
  • be able to demonstrate high levels of academic communication and team working skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Basic genetics and immunology required for Immunohaematology
  • Reagents and methods used in immunohaematology
  • Erythrocyte blood groups
  • Red cell antigen and antibody detection and identification
  • Blood and blood products
  • Blood donor selection, testing of donated blood and component preparation
  • Daily operation of a blood bank
  • Indications for blood transfusion, compatibility testing, complications of transfusion and transfusion alternatives
  • Clinical considerations in immunohaematology including but not limited to haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn, foeto-maternal alloimmune thrombocytopaenia and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemias
  • Quality control, quality assurance, and regulations in relation to blood banking

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Students will complete a competency examination, as a hurdle assessment, at the residential school which is evaluated as ‘satisfactory’ or ’unsatisfactory’. Students need to obtain a satisfactory grade to be able to pass the subject.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.