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BIO3107 Haematology 2

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Haematology 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 060113 - Pathology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Leanne Dooley


Pre-requisite: BIO2108 and BIO2217


This course expands on the content presented in BIO2108 Haematology 1 and is designed to consolidate the student's knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical haematology in preparation for employment in a clinical haematology laboratory. This course provides a more in-depth study of the pathogenesis and laboratory investigation of haematological disorders and examines the professional responsibilities of the medical laboratory scientist.


This course builds on the foundational study of theoretical and practical haematology presented in BIO2108 Haematology 1 with advanced study of the pathogenesis of inherited and acquired malignant and non-malignant haematological disorders and blood-borne infectious diseases. This course will consolidate the students knowledge of clinical haematology with a particular focus on blood film morphology, differential diagnosis, selection of appropriate laboratory investigations and appraisal of the clinical significance of the results obtained. Haematology 2 will examine the professional responsibilities of the medical laboratory scientist and prepare the student for employment in a clinical haematology.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. illustrate the cellular and molecular components and physiological processes involved in haemopoieses and haemostasis and outline the pathogenesis of the major disorders of haemopoiesis and haemostasis;
  2. describe the pathogenesis, and associated blood film morphology, of inherited and acquired erythrocyte membrane disorders, erythrocyte enzymopathies and haematological malignancies;
  3. identify blood borne parasites and indicators of malignant, infectious and haemolytic diseases in a peripheral blood film;
  4. analyse and interpret data from a wide range of laboratory tests, select appropriate extended laboratory investigations and respond appropriately and professionally to critical results:
  5. outline and appraise the therapeutic options available for malignant, thrombotic, haemorrhagic and haemolytic disorders;
  6. demonstrate a high level of academic, scientific and professional literacy;
  7. outline workplace health and safety issues, quality control and quality assurance, patient confidentiality considerations and professional responsibilities associated with working in a clinical haematology laboratory.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Review of haematopoiesis and haemostasis 4.00
2. Haematological disorders associated with mineral and vitamin deficiencies 4.00
3. Haematological disHaematological disorders associated with bone marrow failureorders associated with bone marrow failure 8.00
4. Haematological disorders associated with red blood cell membrane defects 12.00
5. Haematological malignancies 12.00
6. Blood borne infectious diseases 8.00
7. Inherited and acquired erythrocyte metabolic disorders and disorders of iron and haem metabolism 12.00
8. Microangiopathic haemolytic anaemias 8.00
9. Haemorrhagic and thrombotic disorders and associated therapies 8.00
10. Transplantation of allogenic and autologous haemopoietic stem cells 8.00
11. Theory and interpretation of haematological tests: peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology; coagulation testing; automated cell counting; reference ranges; critical limits, quality control and quality assurance . 16.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Rodak BF & Carr JH 2015, Clinical Hematology Atlas, 5th edn, Elsevier Saunders, London.
(5th edn held as an ebook.)
Rodak BF, Fritsma GA & Keohane E 2016, Hematology: Clinical Principles & Applications, 5th edn, Elsevier Saunders, St Louis, USA.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Kaushansky K et al 2015, Williams Haematology, 9th edn, McGraw-Hill.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Private Study 93.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Case studies 1 20 20 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Case studies 2 20 20 26 Feb 2019 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

  1. Examiner to advise the due date for assignments.
  2. Examiner to advise the due date for assignments.

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam PArt A (Multiple Choice) 20 20 (see exam note 1)
Exam Part B (Written) 40 40 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a closed examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
  2. This will be a closed examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    No supplementary examinations will be offered in the laboratory component of the course. Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.