BMSC12003 - Haematology and Transfusion Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to discuss fundamentals of haematology and transfusion science, 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. You will learn to contrast normal blood cell function with disorders of haemostasis affecting blood clotting and iron metabolism affecting blood cell numbers.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

OR

BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2

OR

BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

AND

BUSN11016 Introduction to Study and Professional Practice

OR

BMSC11003 Professional Practice in Medical Sciences

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Bundaberg
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Case Study 20%
2. Laboratory/Practical 0%
3. Practical Assessment 30%
4. 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 35.29% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback, peer course review and personal reflection.
Feedback
The introduction of a foundation unit in immunology would assist students to better understand the content of this unit.
Recommendation
A new unit, Foundations of Immunology will be introduced into the first year of the Bachelor of Medical Science (CG93) and the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (CL10) to better prepare students for this second year unit Haematology and Transfusion Science (BMSC12003) and other units later in the course
Action Taken
The Foundations of Immunology, BMSC11012 will commence in Term 2, 2023.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Students generally appreciated the format and content of the Residential School as it allowed them to put theory into practice in a timely manner.
Recommendation
Continue the same format and content of the Residential School.
Action Taken
The Residential School format was retained with case based learning a feature.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Some students felt that the return of assessments and feedback could be improved to support learning.
Recommendation
Continue to find ways to improve the turnaround of assessments to ensure prompt feedback.
Action Taken
Assessment feedback was enhanced to provide more detailed information.
Source: Peer course review and personal reflection.
Feedback
The provision of additional virtual tools to aid in the understanding of cell morphology will improve performance.
Recommendation
Continue to develop a library of resources to assist in the cell morphology training.
Action Taken
The CellaVision library was enhanced to include more cases.
Source: SUTE and informal feedback from students.
Feedback
Some students found the practical assessment task at the end of the Residential School helpful in consolidating their learning.
Recommendation
Retain the practical assessment task at the Residential School.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Assessment return could have been more prompt to allow a better understanding of progress.
Recommendation
Consider ways to improve assessment return.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students felt that the Residential School was well structured and helped to put theory into practice.
Recommendation
Retain the general structure of the Residential School.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE and informal feedback from students.
Feedback
Some students suggested that more practical task focused videos could be included to help prepare them for the Residential School and that practical demonstrations of techniques at the Residential School would be helpful.
Recommendation
Consider including additional instructional videos and practical demonstrations both before and at the Residential School.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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
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1 - Case Study
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
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