CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND HAEMATOLOGY

BIO3CBH

2018

Credit points: 15

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Subject outline

This subject addresses the commonly encountered pathology tests in the two major clinical pathology areas of haematology and biochemistry. Topics include blood cell morphology; full blood examination (FBE); leukaemia,haemoglobinophathies; haemostasis; drug-induced blood dyscrasias; introduction to blood group serology. The clinical biochemistry component encompasses serum components, enzymes, proteins, lipoproteins and other components of diagnostic interest such as bilirubin, sugars, minerals and blood gases. Numerous case studies will be examined with a view to developing the analytical skills of the student. Discipline knowledge and change management skills will be further applied in the development and proposal of novel ideas designed to bring about improvements in diagnosis, service, quality or efficiency in clinical pathology environments.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1OOS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssential HaematologyPrescribedHoffbrand, AV, Pettit, JE and Moss PAH 20014TH ED, BLACKWELL SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
ReadingsTietz-Fundamentals of Clinical ChemistryPrescribedBurtis, CA & Ashwood, ER 20015TH ED, W.B. SAUNDERS AND CO

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Accurately interpret essential laboratory tests used to diagnose common disorders of a haematological and biochemical nature and be able to apply this knowledge to the solving of simple case studies.

Activities:
Lectures will introduce the most common analytes, the analytical techniques used to assay them and the clinical significance of each. Short problem solving sessions will be held at the end of each topic, increasing in complexity as the semester unfolds.

02. Investigate the dynamic changes taking place in Point of Care Testing (POCT) and reflect on how these have come about and why.

Activities:
For the written assignment students must review current literature addressing the trends in POCT, how they have come about and what future trends are emerging.

03. Evaluate complex case studies involving diverse pathology to the extent that a reasonable hypothesis can be constructed.

Activities:
The last three weeks of semester are devoted to the analysis of more complex case studies in class with specific instruction on how to approach such cases.

04. Identify new technologies that will influence the future of pathology diagnosis and generate novel ideas about how these will benefit stakeholders such as patients, pathology laboratories and GPs.

Activities:
As a part of group presentations students are expected to consider new and emerging technologies and to suggest ways these may be applied to the case studies so as to enhance the patient experience and diagnostic outcome.

05. Manage the transition of Point of Care Testing and other technologies into practice by resolving the competing interests of stake holders such as GPs pathology laboratories and pharmacists.

Activities:
During the preparation of group presentations students are expected to familiarize themselves with the current state of debate over the introduction of POCT technologies onto pharmacies.

06. Present case studies and innovative ideas in a professional, engaging and persuasive manner.

Activities:
There will be a lecture on presentation techniques with numerous examples of common faults and suggestions for a successful presentation. Feedback on LMS following each presentation will give confidential analysis of each student's performance with suggestions for improvement.

07. Collaborate effectively in teams to address problems and future challenges in haematology and biochemistry.

Activities:
In the group presentations, groups of 3-4 will collaborate to solve case studies using current analytical techniques but will also have to investigate emerging technologies and suggest how these may impact on the diagnostic outcomes.

08. Demonstrate active pursuit of independent learning strategies and critical analysis of information sources and tools.

Activities:
In order to solve the case studies students will have to assess information available from a variety of sources including peer-reviewed journals, text books and web pages. Critical assessment of these sources will be essential to a successful outcome.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 13 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 13 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination60 01
Group presentation (of 10 minutes per person) (1000 word equivalent)Presentations will occur throughout the semester during the workshops.25 03, 05, 06, 07, 08
One 1000 word assignment15 02, 04, 08

Singapore, 2018, Term L2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 11 - 15
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via blended.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

WorkShop Week: 11 - 15
One 24.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via blended.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination60 01
Group presentation (of 10 minutes per person) (1000 word equivalent)Presentations will occur throughout the semester during the workshops.25 03, 05, 06, 07, 08
One 1000 word assignment15 02, 04, 08

Singapore, 2018, Term L2, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 11 - 15
One 36.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via blended.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

WorkShop Week: 11 - 15
One 24.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays at night from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via blended.
"36-hours of Blended Lectures and Online Learning Activities in the teaching period delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination60 01
Group presentation (of 10 minutes per person) (1000 word equivalent)Presentations will occur throughout the semester during the workshops.25 03, 05, 06, 07, 08
One 1000 word assignment15 02, 04, 08