Course Title: Haematology and Transfusion Science 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Haematology and Transfusion Science 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MEDS1083

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

MEDS1084

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email: genia.burchall@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.04

Course Coordinator Availability: Email to make an appointment pls


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 

Nil

An understanding of cell structure and function, human anatomy and physiology would be advantageous.


Course Description

This course will provide you with a sound theoretical foundation and practical knowledge of basic haematology and blood banking and their application to the haematology & blood banking laboratories in patient care and management. Theory and practical sessions will cover cover in-depth basic theory and techniques involved in the laboratory investigation and understanding of anaemias, basic leucocyte disorders, coagulation/haemostasis and blood transfusion.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) / MC158 Master in Laboratory Medicine:

  • knowledge capability (PLO1)
  • technical capability  (PLO2)
  • professional work practices (PLO3)


 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1: Develop sound theoretical knowledge of basic haematology including the process of haemopoiesis and the structure & function of the various blood constituents, understand normal haematopoiesis, including blood coagulation and the role of platelets and understand the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical and laboratory features of significant haematological disorders.

CL02: Develop theoretical knowledge of basic blood banking including being able to explain the inheritance, characteristics and nature of clinically important blood group antigens and antibodies, understand relevant interactions between antigens and antibodies, understand the principles of an antibody screen, antibody investigation and transfusion reactions.

CLO3: Prepare, examine and report on stained peripheral blood smears (normal and abnormal) to include differential white cell count and assessment of morphology in certain disease states.

CLO4: Explain how certain disease processes may lead to a change in the numbers and morphology of blood cells in certain disease states.

CLO5: Understand the principles and applications of as well as perform efficiently, a range of routine haematology & blood banking laboratory tests.

CLO6: Explain the importance of quality control and health and safety procedures in the haematology laboratory and the blood bank.


Overview of Learning Activities

The theory and practical components of the course cover lectures/lectorials, morphology and wet practical classes. Most of the learning materials are accessible online through RMIT Learning Management System which includes asynchronous discussion groups and student access to a range of online tools. By structuring many of the practical and lectorial exercises as problem-solving case-studies, you are encouraged to develop your critical thinking and interpretative skills.


You will undertake 4 hours per week of laboratory practical classes, 1 hour per week of lectures/lectorials. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

The course will use online resources as its primary tool available via the myRMIT website (Learning Management System) as well as Textbooks and a Laboratory Manual. These will be supported by notes and handouts where necessary.


Overview of Assessment

 

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 

Assessment tasks

 

Early Assessment Task:  Group Poster/Presentation/New Wiki page

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 2:  Mid-semester test/s and continuous quizzes.

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4  

 

Assessment Task 3: End of semester exams (Theory and Practical)

Weighting 55%

This assessment supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 4: Practical & morphology class attendance

Weighting 5% 

This assessment supports CLOs 3, 5, 6

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