Course Title: Haematology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Haematology 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.007B

Course Coordinator Availability: Please e-mail to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course is taken as part of a major discipline stream and is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to competently undertake haematological investigations.

A series of problem solving exercises examine the clinical and laboratory investigation of a range of common blood dyscrasias.  These include anaemia, acute/chronic leukaemia and both acquired and inherited disorders of haemostasis.  In addition, the haematological changes seen in patients with systemic disorders are discussed.  A sound knowledge of the haematology profile of individuals from the general population is required in order to recognise abnormal results.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • knowledge capability (PLO 1)
  • technical capability (PLO 2)
  • professional work practices (PLO 3)
  • research capability (PLO 6)

 On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Be able to perform haematological tests on biological specimens safely in a laboratory environment observing all Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
  2. Interpret the results of haematological tests and determine their validity and clinical relevance.
  3. Be able to report a blood film, interpret the findings and be able to suggest further tests that would assist in determining the final diagnosis.
  4. Relate the haematological parameters and morphological features of a blood film to that observed in various common blood disorders.
  5. Describe the aetiology, pathophysiology and laboratory diagnosis of various haematological disorders.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is the first course of the Haematology major stream and is designed to prepare you for a career in Haematology, or to pursue postgraduate research in the discipline.  Your learning will be based upon the theory presented in online learning modules, prescribed texts and explored in active learning within the face to face time.  The practical sessions are designed to encourage you to question and explore the range of tests performed and apply these to clinical cases.  The combination of learning activities offered in this subject is designed to equip successful graduates with a range of attributes, which will allow you to engage in a range of training activities in a diagnostic medical laboratory.

Total study hours:  72 hours.  5 hours per week.  Lectorial (1 hours), practical session (4 hours).  You are expected to do 5 hours independent study each week for this course. 

Overview of Learning Resources

This course used a combination of:

Texts and Library reference materials

Procedural manuals

Online resources

Lecture notes and supplemental material available via the MyRMIT Studies website

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Attendance at all morphology and wet practical sessions is compulsory and will be monitored. Failure to attend >90% of the sessions is likely to result in a fail grade for the practical component.

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Mid semester test / Quizzes in lectorial *

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Oral presentation *

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Final Theory Exam

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4


Assessment Task 4: Mid semester practical test/practical quizzes *

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 5: Rapid Report

Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 6: Final Practical Exam

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

HURDLE: To obtain an overall pass, students must obtain (≥50%) in both the practical and theory components.

The Assessment Tasks marked with a * are completed and submitted in class on the day.