LMED28002 - Haematopathology 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On completion of this unit, you will be able to evaluate the evidence base for haematological tests used in the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases in the major organ systems of the body. Problem-solving and decision making skills will be developed through the use of authentic case studies. Skill development in instrument calibration, best practice measurement, interpretation of test results and test quality control monitoring will occur through practical exercises. You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school on the Rockhampton campus to promote the development of unit learning outcomes. The residential school may be scheduled outside of the term of offering of the unit.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


Enrolment in Master of Laboratory Medicine.

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 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 30%
3. Laboratory/Practical 0%
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 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 73.68% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 39.58% 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: SUTE
Lecture style could be enhanced through lectorial style teaching.
Enhance the lectures by incorporating some lectorial styles of learning.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE, student feedback, self reflection
There is too much content for 11 weeks of learning.
Look at ways to teach some of the content before lectures (lectorial style), and in other formats of learning.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE, student feedback and reflection
The academic rigour and weightings of the assessments could improve.
Review of the context of the assessments and to improve assessments and feedback to students.
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection
The inclusion of more dry practical through case study interpretations would improve the student learning.
Include more case study analysis and result interpretations into tutorials.
Action Taken
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. Critique the detection and monitoring of blood diseases using laboratory tests appropriate to the patient's clinical condition
  3. Evaluate disorders of haemostasis and the use of anticoagulant therapies
  4. Analyse results of haematological 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.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Laboratory/Practical
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8