Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides students with knowledge and practical skills required for blood banking and the discipline of blood transfusion. Laboratory sessions focus on skills in blood grouping, compatibility testing, and antibody investigations for autoimmune haemolytic anaemias, antenatal and postnatal screening, and transfusion reactions. Students will consolidate and further develop professional behaviours and competencies, as well as integrate theory and practical skills.

Unit content

•    Foundations of blood banking and transfusion practices

•    Major blood group systems and their clinical significance in blood transfusions

•    Physiological factors that influence blood transfusions and tissue transplants

•    Transfusion reactions, haemolytic disease of the newborn, and autoimmune haemolytic anaemias

•    Management, quality control and assurance required for blood banking and transfusion practices

Students will apply the skills and knowledge acquired throughout their degree thus far whilst undertaking professional experience placements in urban, regional, rural or remote settings. Students complete a 40 hour introductory fieldwork placement under the supervision of one or more laboratory scientists.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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