BMSC12003 - Haematology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to discuss fundamental haematology, including erythrocyte, leukocyte, reticulocyte and platelet morphology, enumeration and function. Skills in enumeration of blood cells and tests of haematological function will be developed during practical exercises. Students should be able to contrast normal blood cell function with disorders of haemostasis affecting blood clotting and iron metabolism affecting blood cell numbers. Distance education students will be required to have access to a computer to make frequent use of internet resources and to attend a residential school on the Rockhampton campus to promote the development of unit learning outcomes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Residential school must be made for 4 days Student evaluation Resources, availability of staff and timetabling must be considered before making this change.
Include a tutorial after providing feedback of assessments Student Evaluation A tutorial video might be recorded to provide detailed feedback.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the physiological process of haematopoiesis.
  2. Distinguish between normal and abnormal erythrocyte, leukocyte, reticulocyte and platelet morphology.
  3. Describe the causes and diagnosis of selected haematologic and haemostatic disorders.
  4. Interpret a full blood count and related basic haematological tests
  5. Discuss the principle of operation for selected automated and non automated haematological laboratory test procedures.
  6. Test and conduct quality control of basic haematological, immunohaematological and coagulation procedures in the laboratory

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Examination            

Prescribed Textbooks

Hematology: Clinical Principles and Applications
Author/s: Rodak & Fritsma & Keohane Year: 2011
Edition: 4th edition Publisher: Elsevier Saunders
City: St Louis State: Missouri
Country: United States of America
Clinical Hematology Atlas
Author/s: Rodak & Carr Year: 2012
Edition: 4th edition Publisher: Elsevier
City: St Louis State: Missouri
Country: United States of America
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Digital microscope
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPadraig Strappe (p.strappe@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

1. Haematopoiesis

2. Blood film preparation

3. Cells of the blood, structure, morphology and function

4. Artefacts in Haematology

5. The full blood count

6, 7, 15

Week 2 13-03-2017

1. RBC nomenclature & classification

2. RBC production and destruction

3. RBC metabolism

4. RBC membrane physiology

5. Haemoglobin structure and function

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 22

Week 3 20-03-2017

1. Abnormal RBC morphology

2. RBC inclusions

3. Introduction to anaemia

4. Iron metabolism

9, 11, 18, 19

Week 4 27-03-2017

1. Microcytic anaemia

2. Normocytic anaemia

19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

Week 5 03-04-2017

1. Macrocytic anaemia

18, 20

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No lecture

Week 6 17-04-2017

1. Introduction to Immunohaematology

2. Haemolytic Disease of the Foetus and Newborn (HDFN)

25

Written Assessment - Case study report Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

1. Automation in Haematology

2. Point of care testing

1, 2, 3, 5, 14, 39

Week 8 01-05-2017

Residential School

Practical Workbook

Week 9 08-05-2017

1. The structure and function of white blood cells

12

Week 10 15-05-2017

1. Abnormal leucocyte morphology

2. Lymphoid leukaemia and lymphoma

3. Myeloid leukaemia

4. Leukaemia investigation

28, 29, 34,35,36,37

Practical Assessment Due Friday (19 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

1. Introduction to Haemostasis

2. The coagulation cascade

3. Laboratory diagnosis of coagulation

4. Platelet function

40, 44, 45, 47

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision lecture

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Case study report
Task Description

You will be provided with an authentic clinical case study on the Moodle site.The following information regarding the case will be available to you: clinical presentation, patient history, blood smear morphology, haematological parameters (provided by an automated analyzer) and biochemical changes (if any). You are then required to write a report (around 1,000 words) using a case study approach describing the pathology observed, aetiology, specific morphological or haematological characteristics observed that led to the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, treatment options and any recommended further tests. Guidelines to complete the report, marking rubric and a template will be available on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment task is marked according to how well you have met the specific requirements and in accordance with the criteria outlined below:

Presentation: The report is presented in the required template. Clarity of purpose and coherence of expression (spelling, grammar, syntax); Clear and organised flow of information.

Abstract: Provides a clear overview and overall summary of the case study.

Introduction: Provides necessary background information and pathophysiology of the case. Does not discuss the final diagnosis rather supports the intended diagnosis via arguments.

Materials and Methods: Briefly describes all the methods used to aid in diagnosis. Discusses further tests to be employed to confirm the diagnosis.

Results: All data presented clearly with reference ranges. Layout is clear with further tests and expected results discussed.

Discussion: Clear discussion of the results with supporting arguments and reasoning for arriving at the final diagnosis.

References: Harvard referencing system used with appropriate in-text references

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Minimum grade - 50 %
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the physiological process of haematopoiesis.

2. Distinguish between normal and abnormal erythrocyte, leukocyte, reticulocyte and platelet morphology.

3. Describe the causes and diagnosis of selected haematologic and haemostatic disorders.

4. Interpret a full blood count and related basic haematological tests

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

You will be provided with a laboratory workbook on the moodle site. This workbook will contain all the tasks that need to be completed during the residential school block. It will also contain a series of short questions and patient reports to be completed in relation to the authentic cases provided. Group experimental activities during the residential school will foster team work and provide hands-on experience of the haematological techniques used in pathology laboratories. Completion of the workbook will evidence student engagement and understanding of the principles behind the haematological tests. Laboratory staff or demonstrators will assess your individual experimental capability during residential school to ensure your understanding of the learning outcomes. You will be required to submit the completed version of the laboratory workbook on the moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Each section will have respective assigned marks depending on the complexity of the task to be performed. A total mark obtained for the workbook would then be converted to a mark out of 40. The laboratory staff will provide immediate verbal feedback to you on the practical hands-on aspect of this assessment item. The laboratory workbook template will contain the weightage of marks associated with the tasks and subsequent questions/reports to be completed.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Minimum grade - 50 %
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Distinguish between normal and abnormal erythrocyte, leukocyte, reticulocyte and platelet morphology.

4. Interpret a full blood count and related basic haematological tests

6. Test and conduct quality control of basic haematological, immunohaematological and coagulation procedures in the laboratory

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the physiological process of haematopoiesis.

2. Distinguish between normal and abnormal erythrocyte, leukocyte, reticulocyte and platelet morphology.

3. Describe the causes and diagnosis of selected haematologic and haemostatic disorders.

4. Interpret a full blood count and related basic haematological tests

5. Discuss the principle of operation for selected automated and non automated haematological laboratory test procedures.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving


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