HBIOT2026 - Medical Laboratory Technology - Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The teaching is based on known basic topics in immunology and cell biology. The following topics will be presented in lectures, as guidance in laboratory courses and in external study practice: Blood banking and blood transfusion services (historical perspectives and today), Quality assurance and safety issues in Blood banking, Blood collection and testing, Major blood group systems and transfusion, Antibody detection, identification and titration, Compatibility testing, Hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (postpartum testing, prevention and treatment), Clinical considerations in immunohematology, Blood component preparation, Quality testing. Aspects of sustainability, inter-professional skills, own and other professions roles within blood banking and transfusion services.

Learning outcome

The student should achieve the following competence:


  • Have in-depth knowledge of methods, laboratory equipment, quality requirements and bioengineering tasks in transfusion medicine and immunohematology -
  • Knowledge of regulations and relevant procedures related to blood donation and further treatment of blood drawn -
  • Knowledge of screening programs and standardized test courses -
  • Know about different transfusion reactions, hemolytic disease in fetuses and newborns and auto hemolytic disease in adults -
  • Know quality management systems, rules for HSE, certification and accreditation schemes -
  • Know the historical development and traditions of transfusion medicine, and know the role of other professions in transfusion medicine


  • Can apply professional knowledge to interpret an order, make informed choices in the practical exercise of analyzes that ensure that a person receives a transfused safe blood product - imunohematology - can interpret analysis results for prophylactic treatment of mothers
  • can convey correct test results in Norwegian both in writing, orally and at the right time
  • can master bioengineering work in transfusion medicine and immune hematology in a structured and accurate way, and draw blood donors under guidance
  • Can communicate with and guide blood donors and others in connection with blood donation
  • Can assess the risk of adverse events and know methods to follow this up systematically

General competence:

  • Can identify, reflect on and discuss key societal and professional / treatment ethics issues related to the transfusion service and one's own professional practice and the role of other professions within it
  • can relate to the health and welfare system, to laws, regulations and supervisors in his service as a biomedical laboratory scientist.

Learning methods and activities

Students' total effort is estimated to be 220 hours, Lectures (32 hours), 40 hours mandatory internal (single handed work) and external study practice. Study tasks (Teamwork 2-3 students in group). Oral and written presentation of the subject

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory course
  • External study practice
  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

New / postponed exam in August

The subject supervisor can consider the use of an oral examination

When applying for a credit, approval and integration of previously held courses, each application will be processed individually and the applicant must expect a credit reduction in the event of an overlapping topic.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biomedical Laboratory Science (BBIOING)

Required previous knowledge

The course is restricted and reserved for students at the Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, NTNU, Trondheim. Examination in HBIOT1010, Medical laboratory technology - Mandatory introduction course, must be passed in order to start with this topic.

Course materials

Recommended reading:Paula R. Howard "Basic&Applied Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices",4.edition, 2017, Elsevier. Blood Regulations, Lovdata: Handouts.

Subject to certain adjustments in literature. Any adjustments will be published within the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HBIO3004 6.0 AUTUMN 2021
BI301511 6.0 AUTUMN 2021
HBIOA3002 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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