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MELS302 Haematology and Transfusion Science

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Provides basic knowledge in haematology and immunohaematology and comprises the study of the cellular components of blood, their functions, the haemostatic processes and outlines disease processes affecting them.

This paper builds on the knowledge acquired from MELS 208 and MELS 304. Topics include red cells, haemostasis, transfusion medicine, malignant haematology and genetics. The paper is designed to provide students with a good foundation in these topics in preparation for the fourth year and beyond.

Paper title Haematology and Transfusion Science
Paper code MELS302
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,081.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,187.00

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Limited to
Passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers

Teaching staff

Dr Braeden Donaldson
Dr Ian Morison
Dr David Markie

Paper Structure
Each week begins with a lecture to introduce key concepts, followed by case-based tutorials. The practical component includes weekly laboratory sessions and morphology tutorials. The week concludes with case presentations and discussion.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, morphology tutorials and workshops.

Recommended Texts

One of the following:
Rodak BF, Fritsma GA & Doig K, Hematology: Clinical Principles & Applications, 4th Ed, Elsevier, 2012 ISBN 0978-1-4160-3006-5
Hoffbrand AV, Moss PA & Pettit J, Essential Haematology, 5th edition revised, Blackwell Science 2006. ISBN 13: 978-1-4051-3649-5

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • An understanding of the pathophysiology of haematological disorders and issues in transfusion science
  • The ability to perform and interpret basic haematology and transfusion science test methods in preparation for fourth-year clinical placement
  • The ability to interpret data from interdisciplinary topics for application in the diagnostic haematology and transfusion science laboratory
  • Develop an understanding of professionalism and ethical practice and skills in scientific communication

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 16:00-16:50 30, 33, 38, 41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 37-42
Monday 12:00-13:50 36
Tuesday 14:00-15:50 42


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 28
Monday 14:00-17:50 39
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-38, 40-41
Wednesday 14:00-17:50 39
Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 33
Thursday 12:00-13:50 34, 36-38
Friday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41