Course Title: Advanced Haematology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Haematology

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr. Cindy O'Malley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7590

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.014E

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 designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to competently undertake haematological investigations. A series of problem solving exercises examine the clinical presentation and laboratory investigation of a range of common blood dyscrasias. These include anaemia, acute and chronic leukaemia and both acquired and inherited disorders of haemostasis and coagulation. 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. Less common blood disorders and some of the more complex investigations and issues in haematology will also be covered. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The program learning outcomes for this course are: 1) knowledge capability; 2) technical capability; 3) professional work practices; 4) communication skills and 6) research capability.

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine:

  • PLO1. knowledge capability
  • PLO2. technical capability
  • PLO3. professional work practices
  • PLO4. communication skills 
  • PLO6. research capability.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1.  Interpret haematology test results and evaluate bloodfilm morphology to analyse the differential diagnosis and suggest further tests to determine the actual diagnosis for a wide range of haematological disorders.
  2. Understand and be able to communicate the normal physiology and pathophysiological conditions associated with dysfunction of various organ systems.
  3. Understand the aetiology, pathophysiology and laboratory diagnosis or a wide range of conditions including leukaemia, proliferative disorders, various anaemic conditions, haemolytic disorders, haemoglobin disorders and haemostatic dysfunction.
  4. Communicate scientific and haematological concepts clearly, concisely and logically.
  5. Practise haematology within the laboratory environment safely and with due regard to occupational health and safety guidelines.
  6. Read, understand and interpret peer-reviewed scientific papers and provide a summary of the most important findings.

Overview of Learning Activities

The syllabus is covered in a program of lectures, tutorials, online learning modules and practical exercises designed to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge essential to excel in the haematology discipline. Tuition is primarily based on problem solving exercises and independent learning activities sourced through My RMIT Studies which are designed to extend theoretical/practical knowledge and to develop deep analytical and critical thinking skills to distinguish you as a potential leader in haematology laboratories of the future.

Total study hours:  96 hours.  8 hours per week including lectorial, tutorial and practical classes.  Flipped style classroom.  Students are expected to spend 12 hours per week on independent study for this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course include the listed prescribed and reference texts and other material referred to in classes. This other material will be normally be available via MyRMIT Studies, or in the library (on the shelves, on closed reserve or as E-reserve). You will be expected to access MyRMIT Studies website regularly. You are expected to read current literature in haematology to extend their knowledge of the topics discussed in this course.

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).

Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1: Written Assessment *

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 6

Assessment Task 2:  Mid-semester theory test *

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 3 Case study presentation *

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 4: Pre-lectorial quizzes *

Weighting 5%

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

Assessment Task 5: Final Theory Exam

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6


Assessment Task 6:  Mid semester practical test

Weighting 10% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 7:  Rapid report

Weighting 10% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 8:  Attendance and clean-up Prac & Tut

Weighting 5% 

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 9:  Post-practical quizzes

Weighting 5% 

This assessment task supports CLOs  3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 10:  Final Practical examination

Weighting 20% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 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.  Check your semester timetable and assessment outline available in the 'Course Information' folder on the myRMIT Studies webpage for more details.