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BIO2108 Haematology 1

Semester 1, 2023 External
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Leanne Dooley


Pre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1104


This course is designed to build on the foundational knowledge and understanding gained in the Haematology module of BIO1103 Pathology Studies. Haematology 1 is designed to expand the student's understanding of the human haematological system in health and disease and enable the student to recognise morphological changes in blood cells and relate these changes to specific haematological disorders. This course will also introduce students to the routine and specialised laboratory tests used in the assessment of haemopoiesis and haemostasis in the clinical haematology laboratory and enable them to interpret the results of these tests.
This course will prepare students for a Pathology Clinical Placement in the haematology department of a clinical pathology laboratory.

This course builds on the foundational knowledge acquired in the haematology module of BIO1103 Pathology Studies with a more in-depth study of normal haemopoiesis and haemostasis, qualitative and quantitative blood cell disorders, haemorrhagic and thrombotic disorders and haematological malignancies. Haematology 1 will also introduce the student to the use of specialised laboratory techniques including flow cytometry, cytochemistry, cytogenetics and molecular techniques in the diagnosis and monitoring of haematological disorders.

The residential school component of the course will enable the student to practice the specialised laboratory skills required by scientists and technicians working in a clinical haematology laboratory including the interpretation of full blood counts and coagulation profiles and the microscopic assessment of blood film morphology.

Haematology 1 will provide a solid background in the discipline to prepare students to undertake further advanced studies in BIO3107 Haematology 2 or to commence work in either a diagnostic or research setting.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students. Student non-compliance with the attendance requirement will mean the student cannot pass the course.

As part of the University's accreditation agreement with the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS), students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in this course. Students are also required to attend the mandatory residential school and obtain at least 50% of the marks allocated to the practical/laboratory skills assessment in this course.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. outline the process of haemopoiesis, describe the morphology and function of the various cellular components of blood, and explain the association between specific physiological and pathological processes and changes in the morphology and function of blood cells;
  2. describe the vascular, cellular and molecular components of the haemostatic response, outline the pathogenesis of common haemorrhagic and thrombotic disorders and interpret the results of routine tests used in the investigation of inherited and acquired disorders of haemostasis;
  3. illustrate development of specialised skills required by medical laboratory scientists working in a diagnostic haematology laboratory;
  4. investigate relevant literature and prepare reports on aspects of theoretical, diagnostic and therapeutic Haematology;
  5. demonstrate safe laboratory practices and a clear understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities associated with working in a diagnostic haematology laboratory.


Description Weighting(%)
1. An overview of the normal human haematological system 20.00
2. Haemostasis 16.00
3. The haematological system in disease: pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics 20.00
4. Theory and interpretation of haematological diagnostic tests 24.00
5. Case studies in haematology 16.00
6. Safety in the clinical haematology laboratory 4.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Rodak, B, Fritsma, G and Keohane, E 2020, Rodak's Hematology: clinical principles & applications, 6th edn, Elsevier, Saunders, St Louis.
Rodak, BF & Carr JH 2015, Clinical hematology atlas, 5th edn, Elsevier, Saunders, St Louis.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%)
Assignments Written Quiz No 20
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills No 20
Assignments Written Essay No 20
Examinations Invigilated Invigilated examination No 40
Date printed 30 September 2023