Course Title: Haematology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Haematology 2

Credit Points: 12.00

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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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.07B

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. Competently and safely perform haematological tests on biological specimens in a laboratory environment to become work ready.
  2. Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge by analysing clinical cases, evaluating the haematological results, accurately reporting the blood film, devising further tests and interpreting the results to determine a final diagnosis.
  3. Demonstrate well-developed communication skills by effectively communicating scientific and haematological concepts clearly, concisely and logically.
  4. Demonstrate broad theoretical knowledge of haematological disorders by relating the aetiology, pathophysiology and laboratory diagnosis of various haematological disorders.
  5. Work effectively as a team member.

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 online lectorials.  The practical sessions are designed to encourage you to question and explore the range of tests performed and apply these to clinical cases.  Practical classes will be delivered in a blended mode of both online and on-campus morphology and 'wet' practical classes.  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.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course used a combination of:

Texts and Library reference materials

Procedural manuals

Online resources

Lecturial 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).

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Case Study based Practical Test 

Weighting 25% 

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

Assessment Task 2:  Morphology/Cellavision practical Test Assessment 

Weighting 15% 

This Assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Group Rapid Report 

Weighting 15% 

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

Assessment Task 4: Case Study and Problem-based Practical Assessment 

Weighting 45% 

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

HURDLE: To obtain an overall pass, students must obtain (at least 50%) in the practical components and an overall grade greater than or equal to 50%