Course Title: Advanced Haematology 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Haematology 3

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr Indu Singh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7590

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.01C

Course Coordinator Availability: Email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MEDS2112 Advanced Haematology 1 & MEDS2114 Advanced Haematology 2

Course Description

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills on two self determined topics related to their ongoing research/areas of interest to an ‘expert’ level, and then further develop skills in communicating and teaching this to others. Students will also complete a learning module on Clinical Trials and their design and application to drug development for new therapies. Recent developments in the field of Haematology over the last twelve months, and their potential impact on diagnostic, therapeutic and research will also be covered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Having studied this course it is intended that you should be able to:
1. Research the literature in Haematology, extract relevant information and synthesise new communications which conform to the guidelines for submission or presentation.
2. Critically evaluate and discuss issues associated with recent developments within the field of diagnostic and research based Haematology, and their potential application or impact.
3. Be creative in your approach to problem solving, as well as being responsible for the implementation of your solutions to those problems.
4. Be aware of standardised international practices and techniques in clinical trials and be able to place your current activities in a global context for standards of practice.
5. Communicate the results of your investigations and research effectively to others within, and external to the field of Haematology, as well as be aware of the standard methods and formats of communication in the clinical and research environments.
6. Demonstrate a spirit of enquiry and enthusiasm to continue your learning and research beyond the bounds of the University environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a program of face to face tutorials, an online conference and self directed learning activities that address each of the learning outcomes in the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Extensive use will be made of the electronic databases to which the RMIT Library susbscribes to access recent advances in the topics to be covered in this course.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will be based on three tasks related to the learning outcomes for this course. All students will participate in an online conference disucssion relating to recent advances in three key areas in the field of Haematology and their potential impact. Students will also complete a module on clinical trials and their design, applications and outcomes, and then submit a written report on a case study investigation. Finally all students will be required to become ’experts’ in two areas of their choice that relate to the ongoing reserach project or areas of interest in the field of Haematology. Students will then use this knowledge to prepare and deliver two tutorial sessions to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Laboratory Medicine program. Assessment for this activity will be via a combination of peer and formal assessment.