BMS216 Introductory Haematology (8)

This subject introduces students to haematology and examines the structural and functional attributes of cellular and non-cellular constituents of blood in health and disease states. Morphological and functional characteristics of the blood cells at different stages of production, differentiation and maturation are considered in detail. Also, the haemostatic system, which comprises primary haemostasis, secondary haemostasis and fibrinolytic system, is dealt with thoroughly. Furthermore, blood diseases including anaemias, leucocyte disorders (benign or malignant), and disorders of the haemostasis are discussed at clinical, pathophysiological and laboratory diagnostic levels. The subject is highly practice oriented and prepares the students to work in pathology laboratories. The subject includes a 4 day compulsory residential school for distance students.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS216. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences


BMS130 or ASC171

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to classify and explain the morphological and functional attributes of blood cells
  • be able to name and classify the components of the haemostatic system and explain their functions
  • be able to illustrate and describe the development of blood cells, and comment on structure and functions of the blood- producing tissues/organs
  • be able to classify and describe the disorders of blood cells
  • be able to classify and describe the disorders of the haemostatic system
  • be able to explain principles behind routine haematological tests
  • be able to interpret the results of haematological tests
  • be able to demonstrate basic skills necessary to conduct routine haematological techniques
  • be able to demonstrate high levels of academic communication and team working skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Haemopoietic tissues and the production of blood cells
  • Morphology and function of blood cells
  • Destruction of blood cells
  • Haemoglobin synthesis, structure, function and destruction
  • Anaemias and polycythaemias
  • Benign leucocyte disorders
  • Introduction to malignant leucocyte disorders including but not limited to leukaemias, multiple myeloma and lymphomas
  • Platelets, their functions and disorders
  • The coagulation system and its disorders
  • The fibrinolytic system
  • Anticoagulation therapy and its laboratory monitoring
  • Routine and special haematology tests including but not limited to complete blood count, blood film examination and coagulation screening tests
  • Intrepretation of results of laboratory tests in realation to clinical findings of haematological diseases and their diagnoses

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

Students will learn practical techniques such as, but not limited to, performing full blood count (FBC), preparation, staining and examination of blood films as well as conducting coagulation screening tests. Students will be required to demonstrate their abilities in performing routine haematology tests

Special Resources

Travel to residential school will be required for distance education students only.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.