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Transfusion Science (9842.2)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Diagnostic Pathology


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Transfusion science investigates the major blood group systems, the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices, haemolytic disease of the newborn and the adverse effects of blood transfusion. Practical sessions concentrate on the skills of blood grouping, antibody screening and cross-matching of blood and blood products. Blood donation and the management of transfusion services are also discussed.

This unit is co-taught with 9841 Transfusion Science G.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the common blood grouping systems;

2. Understand the cause and effect of haemolytic disease of the newborn;

3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the management of a blood transfusion service; and

4. Understand the procedures associated with the identification and investigations of bleeding disorders.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

5 hours per week.


8073 Haematology.



Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge in Chemistry and Pathobiology.

Incompatible Units

8074 Immunohaematology.

Equivalent Units

8074 Immunohaematology.

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