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Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit is co-taught with Haematology G, 8614.
Learning outcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a knowledge of normal haemopoiesis, and routine haematological screening procedures;
2. Explain and identify the cells of the peripheral blood system;
3. Identify and explain normal and abnormal features in a peripheral blood smear;
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the investigations of anaemias, acute leukaemias, myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders; and
5. Demonstrate a knowledge of normal haemostasis and the laboratory tests associated with the identification and investigations of bleeding disorders.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
Assumed knowledgeFundamental biology, chemistry, statistical methods, technical writing, pathobiology, genetics and biochemistry.
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Essential (prescribed) textbook:
Rodak's Hematology: Clinical Principles and Applications by Elaine, M. Keohane, Larry J. Smith, and Jeanine M. Walenga (5th Edition
- 2016 or later)
ISBN : 978-0-323-23906-6
Dacie and Lewis Practical Haematology Published (2011 or later)
Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Where possible, all assessment items will be submitted online via the teaching site in UCLearn. The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
Student ID number:
Word Count (if applicable):
Students' names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submission. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the unit's UCLearn site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section. Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item through extenuating, evidenced circumstances (specific details are found in the Assessment Procedures). Extensions must be applied for before the due date. Documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) will be expected for an extension to be granted, however this will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convener or relevant Program Director will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.
An Assignment Extension form is available from the Student Forms page. Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted. Any assessment item submitted WITHOUT the specified information on the first page will be returned to the student and not marked until this requirement is met. Late penalties will apply (see below). All assessments should be submitted by the specified due date and time in the Unit Outline. Any submissions received after the due date and time without an approved formal extension will undergo a mark adjustment. In extenuating circumstances, a late submission may be considered without a mark adjustment on production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the Unit Convenor
(i.e. the Unit Convenor agrees to an extension to the deadline for submission).
Late submission of assignments for the Faculty of Health
The following conditions will apply to late submissions without an approved extension:
Mark adjustment: 5% of the maximum mark available for the assessment task will be deducted for each day late up until seven days late. For example, an essay awarded 60% (60/100) submitted 2 days late will receive a mark adjustment of 5% per day, therefore, the adjusted maximum mark for that item will be 50% (50/100). Similarly, if the weighting is used then a piece of work worth 50% of the unit which received 30/50 would be reduced by 2.5 marks per day (i.e. 5% of 50) and would therefore receive a maximum adjusted mark of 25/50 if late by two days. Submissions received more than 7 days after the prescribed date and time will not be accepted for marking, a mark of zero (0) will
be awarded for the item. For the purposes of these penalties, all days of the week count, including weekends and public holidays, even when the University may be closed.
The minimum possible mark for late submission is zero. For clarification, one (1) minute past the specified due date and time is considered a late submission.
It is students' responsibility to be familiar with the electronic submission process (e.g., the use of MOODLE and URKUND). Students are reminded to ensure they plan well enabling adequate time to submit assessments prior to the deadline, in order to avoid a mark adjustment. Extensions to assignments, placements, deferred intra-semester tests and examinations. Students can apply for an extension to the due date for submission/completion of an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances (specific details are found through the Assessment Policy and Procedures Section 9.12). Extensions must be applied for before the due date as outlined above. For illness on the day of the assessment, the Assignment Extension form with relevant documentation must be lodged to the Unit Convener within three days of the scheduled exam, test, assignment, placement or assessment submission. It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the extension application will be successful. The Unit Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length or availability of the extension. Students are only permitted one extension per assignment and one deferral per examination/test/ placement (on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances as per UC policies) unless otherwise approved. Students must make themselves available for deferred exams and tests which will be scheduled by the unit convenor no later than the Friday of
Week 11. For placements, please refer to the unit's moodle site for further details and requirements. Students are NOT PERMITTED to defer a deferred intra¿semester exam, test or placement. Any student unable to undertake the deferred intra¿semester exam, test, assignment or placement will receive a mark of zero or fail grade for the assessment task.
Students should note that this policy does not apply to deferred final exams which are centrally administered by the examinations office.
Special assessment requirements
To be able to pass this unit, you are required to attain 50% or more of its overall marks and:
- Attend all sesssions of the Haematology Intensive including the Blood Film Examination; and
- Pass the Final Examinatin (i.e. attain 50% or more in the exam).
Should you fail to meet the requirements mentioned above, you will fail the Unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style. Nevertheless, in planning your time commitments you should note that for a 3 credit point unit the total notional workload over the semester or term is assumed to be 150 hours.
Participation in laboratory/practical classes (the Intensive) is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. Your participation in online activities pertinent to the unit will enhance your understanding of the unit hence the quality of your learning. Lack of participation may result in your inability to pass the unit.
Required IT skills
This unit involves online meetings in real time using web conferencing software which provides a virtual classroom where you can communicate live with your lecturer and other students. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset.
Students should be conversant with using UC's learning management platform (i.e. Canvas) and searching for and accessing information via electronic means. The students should also have reliable internet access.
The purchase of the textbook is recommended. Self-printing of electronically provided material (e.g. the laboratory manual) is the student's responsibility.
Access to a computer and internet service is essential.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This Unit entails three days of compulsory practical sessions (the Intensive) in week 8. You will need to sit your practical examination on the last day of the Intensive.
Privacy and Confidentiality
As part of its partnership arrangements with Health Agencies, the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra is aware of the issue
of confidentiality of information gained from clinical placements and externships. Students are expected to analyse their experiences
from these as part of their academic study. In order to support learning while protecting confidentiality of information, the following
guidelines have been developed:
1. Pseudonyms should be used for the names of patients and organisations in all academic work.
2. Identifying information, including demographic information, should be modified in academic work, using terminology such as
3. Students should mark all academic work with sensitive information as ‘in-confidence' in the footer.
4. Students should develop ‘composite' patients/clients based upon their experiences with several patients or clients in one clinical
experience if possible. Students should note that this is a ‘composite' and not intended to identify a single person.
5. Students should use the password-protect function on their word processing programs to further guard sensitive information.
6. Students should avoid naming other students in academic work, such as reflective pieces or portfolios.
7. Students should attend workshops for health science students on how to change information about patients in line with these
For further information students may visit http://www.privacy.gov.au/act/#health
Style guide for assignment formatting
Unless otherwise approved (in writing), all written assessment pieces (formative and summative) must conform to the following requirements:
- Headings in bold, maximum font size 16 pt.
- Font size: 11 pt – Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri.
- Margins no less than 1.5cm on all sides.
- Page number at bottom right hand corner of footer.
- Student identification number (number only) at top right hand corner of header.
References given in Vancouver style (numbered references) ONLY. Information on this referencing styles can be found on the library website at http://www.canberra.edu.au/library/research-gateway/research_help/referencing-guides
- Privacy statements if required (see Section 6g of the Unit Outline).
- Assignment requirements (first page) as per Section 5c above.
- Any word limits specified in assignments (in this Unit Outline or in task descriptions on Moodle) will INCLUDE all tables, figures and appendices, but EXCLUDE references (unless otherwise stated).
- Submissions which exceed the specified word (or page) length will be truncated at the word (or page) limit and only assessed to this point.