BMS357 Practical Immunology and Transfusion Science (4)

This subject will cover the practical component of two disciplines in pathology namely Immunology and Transfusion Science. This subject covers the principles of immunology and their application in the development of assays undertaken in medical science with a focus on immunological assays. Students will have a comprehensive component focused on different areas of Transfusion Science including pre- transfusion testing, investigation of haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN), and investigation of transfusion reactions. This practical subject will be run in a residential school format with both internal and distance cohorts attending the practical sessions.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences


BMS252 and BMS251 and BMS356

Subject Relationships

BMS308 Provides lab practicals for BMS355 and BMS356
BMS324 Provides lab practicals for BMS355 and BMS356

Incompatible Subjects

BMS308, BMS324

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain how immunological principles are applied to the development of various diagnostic tests in the pathology laboratory;
  • be able to evaluate and perform a range of immunological techniques employed in modern biomedical science;
  • be able to critically analyse immunological data and apply immunological principles in evaluating assays to diagnose immune system dysfunction;
  • be able to perform and interpret manual and semi-automated blood transfusion testing including blood grouping, antibody screening, identification and phenotyping;
  • be able to evaluate and perform pre-transfusion testing, transfusion reaction and Haemolytic Disease of the New born investigation; and
  • be able to demonstrate a high level of academic literacy.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Assays to demonstrate components of the innate immune system;
  • Assays for B and T cells;
  • HLA typing;
  • Specific diagnostic tests for immune system dysfunction;
  • Manual blood transfusion testing: blood grouping, antibody screening, identification and direct antiglobulin technique;
  • Column Agglutination technology: blood grouping, antibody screening, identification and phenotyping;
  • Pre-transfusion testing;
  • Haemolytic disease of the newborn investigation;
  • Transfusion reaction investigation;
  • Automation in Transfusion Science;
  • Quality control, quality assurance, and regulations in relation to blood banking; and
  • Practical applications of Immunology.

Residential School

This subject contains a 7 day Compulsory Residential School.

This subject is a micro-session practical subject and the residential school will provide students with advanced skills in immunology and bloodbanking. Students will obtain a practical understanding of immunology and bloodbanking and learn to perform key laboratory techniques used to evaluate diseases of the immune system as well as performing important immunological assays and assays used in a clinical bloodbanking setting. Students will be required to 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.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory residential schools on Charles Sturt campuses will incur costs associated with travel, accommodation and required resources (minimum: lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab-based practicals).

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.