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BMSC13001 - Advanced Haematology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will apply your foundation knowledge of haematology to the study of how haematological disorders manifest and are diagnosed through changes in number, cytogenetics and morphology of cells. Diseases of haemostasis including therapeutic management with anticoagulants will also be discussed. This advanced unit builds on the knowledge and skills taught in previous units and will prepare you for work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in Haematology. You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school in Rockhampton and an assessment task will be completed on campus during this residential school.

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


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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 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 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

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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.

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
The format of the Residential School was retained and continued to receive positive feedback from students.
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
We were fortunate to be able to engage the same expert again this year and students certainly showed their appreciation. We will seek to continue to engage experts in the field for future delivery of this advanced unit.
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
Student engagement and appreciation continue to be high and we plan to continue in the same manner.
Source: Moodle 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
There was strong support for the format of the Residential School.
Recommendation
Continue with the format of case-based teaching of Haematological morphology.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle 'Have Your Say'
Feedback
There was continued recognition of the value of having an expert Haematology Scientist teach the unit.
Recommendation
Attempt to engage an industry expert to deliver the unit, particularly the morphology component and the Residential School in the future.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator and Academic reflection
Feedback
Additional 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
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator and Academic reflection
Feedback
More time could be dedicated to the morphology component of the Residential School to further enhance the student's understanding of this subject
Recommendation
Consideration will be given to restructuring the Residential School to enable additional time for examination of blood smears.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Distinguish benign from malignant haematological disorders based on numerical, cytogenetic and morphological changes in the cells
  2. Discuss the detection and monitoring of blood diseases using laboratory tests appropriate to the patient's clinical condition
  3. Discuss disorders of haemostasis and the use of anticoagulant therapies
  4. Analyse results of hematological tests and provide provisional and differential diagnoses with suggested further testing to support and confirm the diagnosis
  5. Perform core haematology and haemostasis tests including quality control procedures.

Competency Based Standards for Medical Scientists, December 2009.

Unit 1: Collection, preparation and analysis of clinical material - Elements 1.1.1 - 1.1.3; 1.1.6 - 1.1.8; 1.2.4; 1.3.1 - 1.3.5; 1.5.1 - 1.5.5 & 1.6.1 - 1.6.8;   

Unit 2: Correlation and validation of results of investigations using knowledge of method(s) including analytical principles and clinical information - Elements 2.1.1 - 2.1.2; 2.2.1; 2.3.1 & 2.3.2

Unit 3: Interpretation, reporting and issuing of laboratory results - Elements 3.1.1; 3.2.1 - 3.2.3; 3.2.6 - 3.2.7 & 3.3.1 - 3.3.2

Unit 4: Maintenance of documentation, equipment, resources and stock - Elements 4.2.1 - 4.2.6 

Unit 5: Maintenance and promotion of safe working practices - Elements 5.1.3; 5.2.1; 5.3.4; 5.3.9; 5.4.1 - 5.4.5

Unit 6: Professional accountability and participation in continuing professional development - Elements 6.5.6 & 6.5.7

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