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Programmes Offered

i) Course Code: PG3M02

   Course Title: HAEMATOLOGY

   Contact Hours: 110 Hours (Theory, Slide and Practical Sessions)

   Time Allocated: 4-5 Hrs/ week

   Course CoordinatorProfessor AR Mandisodza

   Lecturers: Prof Arthur Mandisodza and Dr Dayana Da Silva Marques

ii) Purpose of the Course: To give students a good understanding of the blood and its diseases. This course introduces students to the new disciplines of Haematology and Blood Transfusion. It also allows students to appreciate knowledge of Haematological values as a diagnostic tool and the application blood transfusion science.

iii) Objectives:

            After the completing this course, the student shall be able to:

            1. Describe basic aspects of blood transfusion and haematological disorders

            2. Relate haematological diseases to transfusion indications

            3. Discuss various aspects of blood clotting and disease associated with it.

iv) Course Content:

  • history of blood transfusion
  • ABO and Rhesus grouping
  • Donor screening
  • utilization of blood and blood products
  • transfusion related adverse effects
  • Anaemia and classifications
  • BM investigation of anaemia and other haematological disorders
  • Haemostatic disorders




                        -thrombotic tendencies

  • non-neoplastic white cell disorders



  • neoplastic white cell disorders

                        -Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

                        -Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

                        -Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia

                        -Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

  • Paraproteinemia (Multiple Myeloma, etc.)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Haematological aspects of HIV infection
  • Haematological aspects of the spleen
  • Practical and Slide sessions

Methods of Teaching:

            The course of Haematology will be taught through lectures, class presentations, group       discussions, laboratory practical sessions and slide sessions. Familiarization tours to the             National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) shall be conducted as part of training.

vi. Student Assessment:

  • Written assignments, class tests and laboratory and practical write-ups
  • A three hour end of the year theory composite (Haematology/Medical Microbiology) examination shall be written. The theory paper shall consist of 20 Haematology and 20 Microbiology multiple choice questions. There shall be 2 essay questions for Haematology and 2 for Microbiology out of 4 respectively. A -1/2 negative marking for each wrong answer shall apply. The essay questions shall be out of 25 marks.
  • The marking scheme for the final Pathology examination shall be as follows:

Paper I                                               75

Paper II                                              75

Paper III                                            75

  1. Practical75

Class work                                         100

  1. TOTAL400


  1. vHaematology and Blood Transfusion Science courses for 3rd year MBChB and Dental students.
  2. vHaematology and Blood Transfusion Science lectures in Combined Basic Sciences for postgraduate students.

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