Course Outline

MLS210 Advanced Haematology

Course Coordinator:Yoke Lin Fung ( School:School of Health - Biomedicine

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Haematology is the area of general pathology that is concerned with diseases that affect the blood, such as blood clotting disorders, anaemia, haemophilia, lymphoma, leukaemia and haemoglobinopathies. This course builds on the fundamentals of haematology developed in the first-year course, MLS110 Haematology. After completing this course, you should be able to recognise critical limits and conditions associated with the major haematological tests conducted in pathology services.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Fully independent asynchronous learning 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus discussion and review of haematology theory and concepts to case studies 2hrs Week 1 7 times
Laboratory 1 – On campus laboratories to gain competency in haematology laboratory investigation including but not limited to blood film morphology and coagulation assays. 4hrs Week 2 6 times

Course Topics

Erythrocyte Disorders

Leukocyte Disorders

Coagulation Disorders & Laboratory Assessment

Platelets and vasculature disorders


Paediatric, Obstetrics and Geriatric Haematology

Molecular Diagnostics

Flow Cytometric Analysis

Cytogenetics & Cytochemistry

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantations


What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Identify and describe the features, classification and diagnostic tests for major haematological malignancies and disorders Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Show competency in basic haematological techniques, including preparing blood films, examining and understanding diagnostic tests for haematological malignant/disorders, blood films and assessing laboratory parameters for paediatric, geriatric and obstetric haematology Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


MLS110 and enrolled in Program SC211, SC355 or SC357


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will be reviewing patient case studies, haematology terminology and morphology identification through in-class activities that will provide you with feedback and help you prepare for the assessment tasks in the course.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Case Study Group 15%
Up to 20 minute presentation.
Refer to Format In Class
All 2 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 45%
Part 2A 1 hr + 10min perusal, 
Part 2B 2 hr + 10min perusal.
Refer to Format In Class
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
The final exam will be in 2 parts:
Part A Multiple choice questions 50min 
Part B Short answer questions & case studies 70min.
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Case study (15%)
Scientific research and communication are key competencies developed in this oral case study activity. You will work collaboratively in a group to prepare and present a case study of a haematological malignancy or disorder.
Product: Case Study
Submit: Week 7 or 9. You will work in a group. All members of the group will have to work together to provide a description of the patient history, full blood count and morphology of the images from the patient slide(s); a description of the diagnostic tests they would request and why; an overview of the treatment and prognosis of the patient.The presentation must be supported by a PowerPoint file. You will participate in a question and answer forum with the MLS210 class and tutors.The references used for the presentation will follow the Harvard style. The group will also conduct a peer assessment of another group's presentation. Note: Formative feedback for this assessment will be provided in tutorials in weeks 3 and 5. This is a group assignment, individual submissions will receive a zero mark.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Provide an accurate description of the characteristics of the haematological malignancy or disorder, and the pathophysiology and aetiology of the condition
1 2
Outline the appropriate haematological tests that are used to identify the haematological malignancy or disorder, and why the tests were requested
1 2
Provide a coherent and logical oral presentation including references in the Harvard style
1 2
Prepare a well-designed PowerPoint slide, case study and presentation and keep good time management
Every individual student must participate in a question and answer forum
Participate as part of the group to peer assess the oral presentation of another group
All - Assessment Task 2:Practical haematology exams 45%
To develop advanced laboratory skills and competencies in Haematology that would meet the requirements of the QLD pathology industry for training medical science technicians. Students must attend and participate in at least 80% of the laboratory practicals throughout the semester before you are permitted to attempt Assessment Task 2b (end of semester practical exam) and you must attain a minimum of 50% result for Task 2.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
The first practical exam in week 6 will be 1 hour in duration (15%) and will examine erythrocyte disorders and leukaemia.Thesecond practical exam in week 12 will be 2 hours in duration (30%) and will examine the material from weeks 1 to 11. The practical exam will consist of a series of practical tests designed to assess your competency in haematological techniques, and your ability to interpret results and make recommendations based on your findings.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Haematological techniques and interpretation of results.
1 2
Examination and understanding of diagnostic tests for haematological malignant blood films.
1 2
Ability to assess laboratory parameters for paediatric, geriatric and obstetric haematology
1 2
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination - Centrally Scheduled
For the student to
- demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of theoratical, diagnostic, practical and clinical concepts of haematology covered in week 1 to 13.
- synthesise the elements of the course, analyse information and explain elements of the theories which underpin the concepts in advanced haematology covered during the course.
- solve problems based on theoretical material and information covered in lectures and tutorials for paediatric, geriatric and obstetric haematology.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
The final exam will be centrally scheduled and be in 2 parts:
Part A Multiple choice questions  
Part B Short answeer questions & sase studies
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Assessment will be based on theoratical, diagnostic, practical and clinical concepts of haematology covered in week 1 to 13

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended A. Victor Hoffbrand,David P. Steensma 2019 Hoffbrand's Essential Haematology 8th John Wiley & Sons

Specific requirements

MLS210 is structured to provide you with knowledge and practical skills necessary to meet industry established proficiency standards. This course will assist you to demonstrate your ability to meet inherent academic requirements for the program including those related to communication, observation, interpretation and recording of information. It is therefore an expectation of both the University and our industry partners that you will participate in all the directed study activities (learning materials, laboratories, tutorials) and demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in the practical assessment. 
To gain such proficiency you must attend and participate in at least 80% of the laboratory practicals throughout the semester before you are permitted to complete Assessment Task 2b (end of semester practical exam). You are required to provide and wear appropriate protective equipment during the laboratory practical, including: covered, non-slip shoes, laboratory coat/gown and safety glasses. Disposable gloves and other protective equipment will be provided when required.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a moderate level of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks are those associated with laboratory work such as working with chemicals and hazardous substances. You will be required to undertake laboratory induction training and it is also your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of all the following conditions applying:
- The student has attained a minimum of 50% result for Task 2.
- The student's final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
- The student has not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Task 1 is a group assignment, a result of zero is awarded for assessment task 1 if it is submitted by an individual student rather than as group.
Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate (the rates are cumulative): 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day 
- 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. 
To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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