Courses & Units

Transfusion Science CXA333



Restricted to students enrolled in M3G


This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to human blood transfusion and the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. We explore the donation of blood products and the management of transfusion services and study in detail, haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia and the adverse effects of blood transfusion. An integrated series of lectures, tutorials and practicals cover these topics, with an emphasis on the development of laboratory skills and problem solving through transfusion-based case studies. The practical sessions concentrate on the essential skills of blood grouping, antibody screening, cross matching and problem solving.


Unit name Transfusion Science
Unit code CXA333
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Ms Jane Pittaway
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theoretical knowledge of blood group antigens and antibodies, to explain and interpret laboratory data.
  • Explain and demonstrate the practical, interpretive and evaluation skills required in compatibility testing and the investigation of immunohaematology-related adverse events.
  • Explain and apply theoretical knowledge of immunohaematology-related adverse events to explain and interpret clinical and laboratory data.
  • Communicate current and evolving issues in transfusion science.
  • Demonstrate professional skills and behaviours through consistent individual and collaborative performance in scheduled cooperative learning sessions
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019901 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Tutorial – 1 hour (weekly), Practical – 3 hours (weekly)

AssessmentIn Class Practical Activities (25%)|Mid Semester Theory Test (15%)|Final Practical Examination (20%)|Final Theory Examination (30%)|Group PowerPoint Presentation (10%)
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You will need to access the following texts [eBooks available via the Library] on a regular basis:
• Harmening, D 2019, Modern Blood Banking & Transfusion Practices, vol Seventh edition [electronic resource] F.A. Davis, Philadelphia, PA,
• Murphy, M. F., Roberts, D. J., Yazer, M. H., 2017, Practical transfusion medicine [electronic resource] Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
You will need to access the following resources from the ANZSBT website:
• Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, 2016, Guidelines for Transfusion and Immunohaematology Laboratory Practice, 1st edn, ANZSBT available for free download via
• Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, 2018, Guidelines for the administration of blood products, 3rd edn, ANZSBT available to download via
• Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, 2011, Patient Blood Management Guidelines: module 1 Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion, 1st edn (under review), ANZSBT available for free download via

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