CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND HAEMATOLOGY

BIO3CBH

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

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-ordinatorHelen Irving

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 HaematologyRecommendedHoffbrand, AV, Pettit, JE and Moss PAH 20167TH ED, BLACKWELL SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
ReadingsClinical BiochemistryRecommendedRae, P, Crane, M and Pattenden, R 201810TH ED, Wiley Blackwell

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:
Online and face-to-face material 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 other technologies and reflect on how these have come about and why by considering the competing interests of stake holders such as GPs pathology laboratories and pharmacists.

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. 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.

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

Activities:
The final parts of each of the two sections of the subject (Clinical Haematology and Clinical Biocemistry) are devoted to the analysis of more complex case studies in class with specific instruction on how to approach such cases.

04. Present case studies and innovative ideas in a professional, engaging and persuasive manner including consideration of 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:
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. 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. Collaborate effectively in teams to address problems and future challenges in haematology and biochemistry.

Activities:
In the group presentations, groups of 3-5 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.

06. 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

Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHelen Irving

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
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Subject is in blended format with online material and face-to-face format with equivalent of 36 h lectures"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination (2000 word equivalent)50 01, 03, 06
Group presentation (750 words equivalent, per person)Presentations will occur towards the end of semester during workshops.20 03, 04, 05, 06
One assignment (1,000-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 06
Two in semester tests (750 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 06

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHelen Irving

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
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Subject is in blended format with online material and face-to-face format with equivalent of 36 h lectures"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination (2000 word equivalent)50 01, 03, 06
Group presentation (750 words equivalent, per person)Presentations will occur towards the end of semester during workshops.20 03, 04, 05, 06
One assignment (1,000-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 06
Two in semester tests (750 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 06

Singapore (PSB), 2020, Term L2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 11 - 15
Twenty four 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 11 - 15
Twenty four 1.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination (2000 word equivalent)50 01, 03, 06
Group presentation (750 words equivalent, per person)Presentations will occur towards the end of semester during workshops.20 03, 04, 05, 06
One assignment (1,000-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 06
Two in semester tests (750 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 06

Singapore (PSB), 2020, Term L2, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 11 - 15
Twenty four 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 11 - 15
Twenty four 1.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays at night from week 11 to week 15 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination (2000 word equivalent)50 01, 03, 06
Group presentation (750 words equivalent, per person)Presentations will occur towards the end of semester during workshops.20 03, 04, 05, 06
One assignment (1,000-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 06
Two in semester tests (750 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 06

Singapore (PSB), 2020, Term 3, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Selkirk-Bell

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 37 - 47
Twenty four 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 37 - 47
Twenty four 1.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 47 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination (2000 word equivalent)50 01, 03, 06
Group presentation (750 words equivalent, per person)Presentations will occur towards the end of semester during workshops.20 03, 04, 05, 06
One assignment (1,000-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 06
Two in semester tests (750 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 06