BMSC13001 - Advanced Haematology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:


BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science


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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2019 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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Examination 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52% 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: Industry expert
Feedback
Replace the G6PD test in the lab manual with something more relevant that medical scientist would see more of.
Recommendation
Replace with snake bite testing, more likely to be seen in the lab.
Action Taken
The gold standard Australian snake venom detection kit was used for the first time in the 2018 residential school.
Source: Unit evaluation response
Feedback
The best part of the unit was to have a lecturer that knows what she is talking about, the industry expert was very knowledgeable and knew how to teach really well. Please make sure you find more lecturers like her, as she is a great addition to the Pathology program.
Recommendation
Continue to use industry experts to enhance the learning and teaching outcomes and to maintain relevance to industry standards and practices.
Action Taken
For the residential school we once again enlisted the services of Caroline Zollinger, senior scientist with QLD Health, to offer her specialist expertise and industry insider tips. Caroline was a real asset to the practical classes, providing the type of workplace experience and advanced level of knowledge that gives real added value to the learning of a very applied biomedical science such as haematology. She or another industry professional would be sought to assist in future.
Source: Unit evaluation response
Feedback
The blood film slides need to be totally replaced they are poorly stained and make it impossible to determine the morphology. The case study example was poor.
Recommendation
Replace the few remaining old practice slides, all the assessment slides were replaced at the end of 2016. Use new material for the case study.
Action Taken
The stock of haematology case study slides has been replenished and the majority of older slides were replaced for the 2018 residential school. Replacement will continue on an ongoing basis year on year in order to ensure a high quality of blood films made available to students
Source: Student feedback report
Feedback
Praise for the residential school was identified across several survey responses. These identified the structured program as easy to progress through, very informative and as providing a very helpful guide to student learning in practical aspects of haematology.
Recommendation
If the expansion of the student cohort this year is maintained in future, consideration will be given to tailoring practicals for larger class sizes and to meeting the logistical demands of running these effectively. Changes to the class following appraisal of last year's iteration contributed significantly to an improved delivery in 2018.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback report
Feedback
The residential school received positive feedback for providing clarification of blood film morphology and disease process, with detailed knowledge from a long time scientist in haematology.
Recommendation
This year, the excellent and enthusiastic support of the expert haematologist from industry was invaluable to the professional running of the residential school and in ensuring that it captured the essential practical elements of the workplace pathology laboratory. It is important that such knowledgeable and engaging staff are retained for this role in future years.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback report
Feedback
Regular contact via e-mail, moodle message board and phone call was appreciated by students. Several commented positively about the approachability of the unit coordinator and demonstrating staff at the residential school.
Recommendation
For the purposes of formative feedback the unit coordinator aims to respond to queries and to return assessments promptly with useful, individually tailored comments. Guidance on both practical and theoretical content of the unit is available to all students at the residential school, both from the unit coordinator and the industry professional.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the limitations of haematology laboratory procedures and the use of tests within specified limits
  2. Discuss the detection and monitoring of blood diseases including factors essential in the development of new tests
  3. Perform haematological tests and instrument quality control processes
  4. Discuss laboratory report presentation and interpretation of results including the concept of therapeutic range of anticoagulant therapy
  5. Analyse results of hematological tests and instrument quality control processes instituting corrective action as required.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination