BMS306 Advanced Haematology (8)

This subject provides an in depth study of advanced haematological concepts in areas of blood cell kinetics and regulation of cell cycle, haemopoietic malignancies, anaemias, and disorders of haemostatic systems (primary haemostasis, coagulation system and fibrinolytic system). Furthermore, quality control and quality assurance measures related to haematology are integrated into this subject. Students will also develop advanced knowledge and skills in conducting laboratory tests including but not limited to the examination of blood and/or bone marrow films, and the investigations of haemoglobin abnormalities and coagulation disorders.  Distance Education students are required to attend a compulsory Residential School.


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

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS306. 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



Incompatible Subjects

BMS318, BMS336, BMS341, BMS441

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the pathogenesis, clinical features, classification, laboratory diagnosis, and principles of treatment of haemopoietic malignancies
  • be able to explain the pathogenesis, clinical findings, laboratory diagnosis and treatment of anaemias
  • be able to explain the pathogenesis, classification, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the haemostatic system
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the current impact of advances in molecular techniques relevant to haematology
  • be able to analyse, interpret and apply the results of haematological tests, as well as some clinical findings, to problem-solving activities including but not limited to case studies in regard to haematological disorders
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of key issues regarding quality control and quality assurance in the haematology laboratory
  • be able to conduct haematological tests including but not limited to blood film examinations, investigation of abnormalities in haemoglobin synthesis, and coagulation studies
  • be able to demonstrate high levels of academic communication and team working skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Blood cell dynamics and haematological malignancies
  • Genetics of haemoglobin synthesis and related aberrations
  • Structure and functions of red blood cells
  • Haemolytic anaemias
  • Disorders of platelets
  • Disorders of coagulation and fibrinolytic systems
  • Quality control and quality assurance in the haematology laboratory

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS306 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Mid session examination (mse)
Practical report
Blood film examination (bfe)
End of session examination (ese)

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will allow students to develop and demonstrate advanced laboratory skills relevant to diagnostic haematology. Students will be required to demonstrate advanced skills, including but not limited to blood film examination which is required for the diagnosis of haematological disorders

Special Resources

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

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.