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-requisite: BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 AND  (BUSN11016 Introduction to Study and Professional Practice OR BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Science)

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 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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. Online Test 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.67% 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: Moodle 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
Return of the written assessment was not within the expected time-frame.
Recommendation
Priority be assigned to the marking and return of the written assessment.
Action Taken
The marking and return of assessments was prioritised and the timing of assessments planned to avoid 'bottle-necks'.
Source: Moodle 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
The requirements for the written assessment were unclear.
Recommendation
Provide a more detailed explanation of the expectations of the case study report with specific examples provided.
Action Taken
Additional resources were provided for the Case Study Assessment.
Source: Moodle 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
Some of the tasks in the Residential School were unclear and caused some confusion.
Recommendation
The Laboratory Practical Manual to be revised to provide clearer explanation of all tasks. All tasks to be reviewed to ensure that they are relevant to current practice.
Action Taken
The Practical Manual was revised and tasks reviewed with new, clear explanations provided,
Source: Moodle 'Have Your Say' and Academic reflection.
Feedback
Lecture recordings were too long.
Recommendation
Consideration of revising the delivery of the material from a 2-hour lecture to a series of pre-recorded, shorter, 20 minute focused videos to cover the same weekly content. A 'live' 1-hour tutorial would continue to provide an opportunity for engagement.
Action Taken
Lectures were pre-recorded in shorter modules. The amount of content was not reduced but spread across more , shorter videos to facilitate easier 'digestion' of the content.
Source: Unit Coordinator and Academic reflection
Feedback
Resources could be made available to allow students to become more familiar with the morphology of blood smears.
Recommendation
Consideration to be given to the introduction of virtual microscopy to allow students to practice the examination of blood smears via distance education.
Action Taken
Additional resources were provided to allow more familiarisation with blood smear cell morphology.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Students appreciated the shorter videos covering the weekly lecture the topics.
Recommendation
Continue to present weekly content in short, pre-recorded videos.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Students appreciated the weekly study questions that were discussed in the tutorials.
Recommendation
Continue to discuss weekly study questions in the tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
Students found the format of the Case Study assessment useful.
Recommendation
Continue to present the case study with a quiz to gather information for the written report.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback.
Feedback
The students appreciated the support provided during the term.
Recommendation
Continue to support students as much as possible though forums, e-mail, live tutorials and the Residential School activities.
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
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Case Study
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Test
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
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 9
1 - Case Study
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Test
2 - Laboratory/Practical