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BIO3106 Pathology Residential School 1

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Leanne Dooley
Moderator: Michael Kotiw


Pre-requisite: BIO2108 and BIO2216
Co-requisite: BIO3107 and BIO3108


There is a need to provide students with opportunities that extend the academic learning environment and link into the professional world. This course allows students to experience and gain training in fundamental technologies associated with professional practice of haematology and histology. Candidates will have previous exposure in earlier courses and clinical placement to the theoretical basis of the technologies practiced in this course.


This course provides students with an opportunity obtain the fundamental practical haematology and histology skills necessary to support their activity in a working pathology laboratory and/or research setting. Candidates will augment their specialised subject knowledge and academic skills with practical skills. This course will allow students to improve their learning by the application of the theoretical concepts and skills theories and graduate skills developed into a laboratory setting. It is envisaged that the work experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. The aim of this course is to enable students to augment their theoretical knowledge of technologies used haematology and histology practice by training and performance of practical skills. The course will also provide candidates with practical skills relevant to the pathology workplace or a research environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics will be provided by the examiner prior to commencement of residential school 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Mescher, Anthony L 2013, Junqueira?s Basic Histology, text and atlas, 13th edn, McGraw-Hill Medical, New York.
  • Rodak BF & Carr JH 2013, Clinical Hematology Atlas, 4th edn, Saunders, London.
  • Rodak BF, Fritsma GA & Keohane E, Doig K 2012, Hematology: Clinical Principles & Applications, 4th edn, Elsevier Saunders, St Louis, USA.
  • The examiner will provide an electronic version of a practical manual prior to the commencement of the residential school.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Handin, RI, Lux, SE & Stossel TP 1995, Blood: Principles and Practice of Hematology, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Kaushansky K, et al 2010, Williams Haematology, 8th edn, McGraw-Hill.
  • Kerr JB 2010, Functional Histology, 2nd edn, Mosby Elsevier.
  • Stein-Martin A, Lotspeich Steininger CA & Koepke JA 1998, Hematology: Principles, Procedures, Correlations, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • V Kumar, AK Abbas & Aster J 2013, Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edn, Elsevier Saunders.
    (Available Online (ebrary).)
  • V Kumar, R Cotran & S Robbins 2007, Basic Pathology, 8th edn, Saunders & Co.
  • Young B, Lowe J, Stevens A & Heath J 2006, Wheater?s Functional Histology. A Text and Colour Atlas, 5th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 118.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignments 40 40 04 Mar 2014 (see note 1)
Practical Report 60 60 04 Mar 2014 (see note 2)

  1. Examiner to advise on requirements assignments via USQ StudyDesk.
  2. Examiner to advise on requirements for the practical reports via USQ StudyDesk.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    All students who satisfy the requirements of the course will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Fail grade or an incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete-Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete-Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. A Course Assignment Cover Sheet must be signed by the student and attached to all assignments submitted for assessment. Failure to do so may result in the assignment not being marked.

  3. For referencing used in written submissions for assessment, students are required to use the Harvard System. Information about this referencing style can be obtained from the USQ Library.