Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Examines the foundations of haematology, and their relation to health and disease. Students will develop investigative and analytical skills and be able to evaluate test results for the diagnosis of haematological and haemostatic disorders.

Unit content

  • Haematology in healthcare.
  • Erythrocyte regulation and metabolism.
  • Haemoglobin structure and function.
  • Haemoglobin and iron metabolism.
  • Erythrocyte destruction disorders.
  • Normal and abnormal leukocyte morphology.
  • Malignant leukocyte disorders; acute and chronic leukaemia.
  • Myelomas, lymphomas and myelodysplastic syndromes, and associated treatments.
  • Haemorrhagic coagulation disorders; causes and laboratory investigations.
  • Platelet disorders; causes and laboratory investigations.
  • Malaria and other red blood cell inclusions. Paediatric and geriatric haematology. Haemostasis.
  • Bone marrow characteristics and evaluation. Examination of body fluids.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Keohane, EM, Smith, LJ & Walenga, JM, 2016, Rodak's Hematology: Clinical principles and applications, 5th edn, Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN: 978-0-323-23906-6.
  • Rodak, BF & Carr, JH, 2017, Clinical Hematology Atlas, 5th edn, Elsevier, St, Louis, Missouri. ISBN: 978-0-323-32249-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (6 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (6 weeks)
Competency Check10%
Exam: practical30%
Exam: closed book60%

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