Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the diagnostic methods of cellular analysis utilised in haematology which underpin the clinical and diagnostic units that follow. The methods include (1) haematology analysers—principles, quality assurance (QA), use of scatterplots, limitations, additional modalities (e.g. CD61 counting), new developments; (2) microscopy and its different types—light, fluorescence, phase contrast, electron, new developments; (3) staining techniques—stains, immunocytochemistry; (4) new instrumentation (e.g. CellaVision, Aperio); and (5) flow cytometry—principles, fluorochromes, compensation, multiparametric analysis, software, new developments (e.g. imaging flow cytometry).

6 points

Student are able to discuss the different methodological principles and interpretative tools utilised in haematological cellular analysis. A comprehensive understanding of the use of haematology analysers, microscopy and flow cytometry is central to this unit.


This comprises a two-hour end-of-semester written examination (40 per cent), written assignments (50 per cent) and a seminar presentation (10 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Liam O'Connor
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.