BMSC13001 - Advanced Haematology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On completion of this unit students will be able to appraise and perform advanced haematological and haemostatic methods used in the diagnosis and monitoring of blood diseases. Therapeutic management of diseases of blood coagulation will also be investigated. 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.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

CHEM11041 – Chemistry for the Life Sciences

BMSC11001 – Human Body Systems 1

BMSC11003 – Intro to Medical Sciences

BMSC11002 – Human Body Systems 2

BMSC11004 – Introduction to Biochemistry

BMSC12003 – Haematology

BMSC12002 – Work Integrated Learning 1

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

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 10%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Examination 50%

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
Learning resources are appreciated Student evaluation Continue to provide variety of learning resources
Course well structured and relevant Student evaluation Continue to maintain relevance of course content to meet needs of industry
More blood films for residential school Student evaluation Continue to procure more blood films from industry
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Assess the evidence base and factors that are essential in development of new haematological and haemostatic testing methods for the detection and monitoring of blood diseases.
  2. Discuss limitations of haematology laboratory procedures and use of tests within specified limits.
  3. Evaluate haematological and haemostatic instrumentation quality control processes including manual and automated validation and institute corrective action as required.
  4. Distinguish between technical/instrumental causes and pathological causes of unexpected results and develop solutions to problems with testing procedure based on clinical and scientific expertise.
  5. Discuss report presentation, critical range and interpretation of abnormal haematological and haemostatic results.
  6. Describe common causes of artefactual or discrepant haematological and haemostatic test results and explain the concept of therapeutic range of anticoagulant therapy.

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: 2012
Edition: 4th edition Publisher: Elsevier Saunders
City: St Louis State: Missouri
Country: United States of America
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Clinical Hematology Atlas
Author/s: Rodak & Carr Year: 2012
Edition: 4th edition Publisher: Elsevier
City: St Louis State: Missouri
Country: United States of America
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Digital microscope
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 CoordinatorJudy Couper (j.couper@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. Introduction to Advanced Haematology

2. Bone marrow examination

16

Week 2 13-03-2017

1. Increased RBC destruction

2. Intrinsic defects

3. Extrinsic defects - Immune and Non-immune causes

22, 23, 24, 25

Week 3 20-03-2017

1. Non-malignant leucocyte disorders

2. Paediatric and Geriatric Haematology

28, 38

Week 4 27-03-2017

Haematological malignancy development, genetics and nomenclature

29, 30, 31, 32, 33

Week 5 03-04-2017

1. Myelodysplastic syndromes

2. Myeloproliferative neoplasms

34, 35

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No lecture

Week 6 17-04-2017

Myeloid leukaemia

34, 35, 36, 37

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

Lymphoid leukaemia

34, 35, 36, 37

Week 8 01-05-2017

1. Lymphomas

2. Myelomas

3. Other haematological malignancies

29 - 37

Week 9 08-05-2017

Residential School

Practical Workbook

Week 10 15-05-2017

1. Anticoagulants and coagulopathies

2. Platelet disorders

40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47

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

Malaria and other blood parasites

24

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision lecture

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

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title 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 analyser) 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 10%
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 in order 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 - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Assess the evidence base and factors that are essential in development of new haematological and haemostatic testing methods for the detection and monitoring of blood diseases.

2. Discuss limitations of haematology laboratory procedures and use of tests within specified limits.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment and Examination
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.

Important: On Day 3 of your residential school block, you will have a final practical examination. Further details regarding the examination will be available on the moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

  • Residential school and Workbook component: Each section will have respective assigned marks depending on the complexity of the task to be performed. A total mark obtained for the workbook and associated tasks would then be converted to 20% of your final grade. 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
  • Practical examination component: The practical examination conducted on Day 3 of the residential school is worth 20% of your final grade. Further information on the examination will be available on the moodle site.
  • Total for practical assessment: 20 + 20 = 40%

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

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

3. Evaluate haematological and haemostatic instrumentation quality control processes including manual and automated validation and institute corrective action as required.

4. Distinguish between technical/instrumental causes and pathological causes of unexpected results and develop solutions to problems with testing procedure based on clinical and scientific expertise.

5. Discuss report presentation, critical range and interpretation of abnormal haematological and haemostatic results.

6. Describe common causes of artefactual or discrepant haematological and haemostatic test results and explain the concept of therapeutic range of anticoagulant therapy.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
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. Assess the evidence base and factors that are essential in development of new haematological and haemostatic testing methods for the detection and monitoring of blood diseases.

2. Discuss limitations of haematology laboratory procedures and use of tests within specified limits.

3. Evaluate haematological and haemostatic instrumentation quality control processes including manual and automated validation and institute corrective action as required.

4. Distinguish between technical/instrumental causes and pathological causes of unexpected results and develop solutions to problems with testing procedure based on clinical and scientific expertise.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence


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