module specification

BM7100 - Introduction to Haematology (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Introduction to Haematology
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 100
 
100 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 30%   In-course quizzes 250 words
Coursework 30%   Reflective journal (log) 800 words
Coursework 40%   Written assignment 900 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year LMET Distance Learning - -

Module summary

Introduction to Haematology
This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology.Examining the different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states, investigating the causes and diagnosis of anaemias, haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias, haematological malignancy, haemostasis and thrombosis.
Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
Assessment: Quizzes (500 words)(30%), reflective learning log (500 words)(30%), coursework (1000 words)(40%)

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. To provide, through in depth study, knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of haematology as well as to reinforce analytical, evaluative and communication skills. It will also enable students to research a topical issue and present it at an appropriate level and to reflect on the topics studied and their application in biomedical practice.

Syllabus

This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology.Examining the different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states, investigating the causes and diagnosis of anaemias, haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias, haematological malignancy, haemostasis and thrombosis
Red cell morphology and haematopoeisis; destruction of red cells; fragility; inherited and aquired anaemias; haemoglobinopathies; primary and derived haematological indices. Haematinic assays.
Haemostasis and thrombosis: the vascular endothelium; platelet aggregation; coagulation. Selected bleeding and clotting disorders; treatment options.
White cell morphology; production of white cell lines; causes and characteristics of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma; myeloproliferative disorders. Impact of molecular diagnostics.

Learning and teaching

Information pertaining to the subject matter will be presented through an integrated programme of lectures and supporting exercises, together with some use of a problem-based learning approach and the guided use of student-centred learning resources.  Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework.  Student centred assignments will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge, and develop subject specific skills and competence.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe the nature, functions, turnover and diagnostic value of blood cells and associated indices,  relate haematology theory to laboratory and clinical practice, including awareness of factors affecting sample integrity, risks associated with the sample reagents, or method and other tests indicated by the outcome of the analysis and demonstrate understanding of haemostasis and thrombosis. 
2. Understand principles of quality control and quality assurance in relation to haematology and critically interpret and evaluate information from a particular case study, showing how ageing and disease are interrelated.
3. Demonstrate through the reflective learning journal that the student has reflected on their own performance as an independent professional learner.

Assessment strategy

The module will be formatively assessed by in-course online quizzes  (30%) and two coursework components. A reflective learning log (500 words) and a written assignment (40%; 1000 words). Criteria for assessment will include an understanding of the subject matter; an ability, both orally and written, to explain, describe and discuss the work; completeness and conciseness of written reports and essays with emphasis upon critical ability and scientific rigour. To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%. There are no practical sessions.

Component   Learning outcomes
Quizzes   1
Reflective learning log 1,2
Written assignment  1,2,3

Bibliography

Bains B J. (2006) Blood Cells a Practical Guide 4th Ed. Blackwell.
Hoffbrand AV, Moss PAH. (2011) Essential Haematology 6th Ed. Blackwell
Lewis SM, Bain B J, Bates I. (2006) Dacie and Lewis Practical Haematology 10th Ed. Churchill Livingstone.
Moore G, Knight G, Blann A (2010) Heamatology. 1st Ed. Oxford university Press.
Rodak BF, Carr J H. (2012) Clinical Hematology Atlas. 4th Ed. Elsevier.