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,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location:

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

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 successful completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO 1:Competently and safely perform haematological tests on biological specimens in a laboratory environment to become work-ready.

CLO 2: Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge by synthesising and evaluating all information in complex clinical cases, accurately reporting the blood film, devising further tests and interpreting the results  to determine a final diagnosis.

CLO 3:Effectively communicate scientific and haematological concepts clearly, concisely and logically.

CLO 4: Demonstrate integrated understanding of a complex body ot knowledge by relating the aetiology, pathophysiology and laboratory diagnosis for a wide range of haematological conditions.

CLO 5: Work effectively as a team member.

CLO 6: Critically analyse and evaluate 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 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 your 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). 

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

Assessment Tasks



Early Assessment Task 1: Written Assessment *

Weighting 5% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 6


Assessment Task 2: Lectorial quizzes * 

Weighting 5% 

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


Assessment Task 3: Group Oral presentation * 

Weighting 10%

(Group work will be assessed using Spark Plus)

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


Assessment Task 4: Final Theory Exam 

Weighting 30% 

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



Assessment Task 5: Rapid report * 

Weighting 20%

(SparkPlus will be used to assess the Group Work) 

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


Assessment Task 6: Final Practical examination 

Weighting 30% 

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


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.

Mid-semester theory and practical tests will be performed in class as formative assessment (peer/self-assessment).