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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Pre-requisites

MEDC2001 - Immunology AND have completed or be currently enrolled in BIOL2006 - Clinical Biochemistry

Unit aim

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 summarise the processes involved in the development, regulation and metabolism of blood cells
2 evaluate normal and abnormal erythrocytes, leukocytes, reticulocytes and platelets
3 compare a range of blood cell disorders including discussions of their causes and clinical diagnoses
4 evaluate the causes, clinical diagnoses, and treatments of non-malignant and malignant leukocyte disorders
5 solve clinical cases by using haematological methods
6 select and employ relevant laboratory methods and safe practice in the haematology laboratory

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. summarise the processes involved in the development, regulation and metabolism of blood cells
  2. evaluate normal and abnormal erythrocytes, leukocytes, reticulocytes and platelets
  3. compare a range of blood cell disorders including discussions of their causes and clinical diagnoses
  4. evaluate the causes, clinical diagnoses, and treatments of non-malignant and malignant leukocyte disorders
  5. solve clinical cases by using haematological methods
  6. select and employ relevant laboratory methods and safe practice in the haematology laboratory

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.