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MELS302 Haematology and Transfusion Science

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.

A study of haematology and transfusion medicine in health and disease.

Includes modules on red cells, haemostasis, malignant haematology and transfusion science, with practical laboratory and cell morphology sessions.

Paper title Haematology and Transfusion Science
Paper code MELS302
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,199.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Paper Convenor: Cat Ronayne

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.

Hoffbrand’s Essential Haematology, 8e (7e and 6e are also suitable)
ISBN: 978-1-119-49590-1

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Gain an understanding of the pathophysiology of haematological disorders and issues in transfusion science
  • Have the ability to perform and interpret basic haematology and transfusion science test methods in preparation for fourth-year clinical placement
  • Have 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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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 15:00-15:50 30, 33, 37, 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
B1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-38
Thursday 10:00-12:50 28
Thursday 14:00-16:50 28


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 39-41
Friday 09:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41