Hematology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MLAB-1415-001 Hematology


Course Description

The study of blood cells in normal and abnormal conditions. Instruction in the theory and practical application of hematology procedures, including quality control, quality assurance, safety, manual and/or automated methods as well as blood cell maturation sequences, and normal and abnormal morphology with associated diseases.

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(4 sem hrs; 2 lec, 6 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Hematology in Practice, Third Edition, Betty Ciesla, 20120186, ISBN: 978-0-8036-6824-9 (required)

Morphology of Human Blood Cells, Seventh Edition, Bell, 2017, ISBN: 978-1098305598 (Recommended)

Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference, Thirteenth Edition, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-323-39957-9 (for use throughout program)


The following includes a general list of lecture and lab supplies:

• Textbook(s) and/or lab manual

• Portable tablet or laptop for in-class testing with Respondus Lockdown Browser installed

• Scientific calculator

• Internet access

• Printer and printing supplies

• Sharpies

• Disposable, medical grade, latex free gloves

• Disposable lab coats

• Pens/pencils/paper

• Handouts

Student Performance

Students are expected to complete all reading assignments, written assignments, quizzes and exams.  All assignments, as well as their due dates are noted on the course calendar.  It is the student’s responsibility to check the course calendar regularly, and complete al assignments by their due date.  If a student knows that he or she is going to be absent when an assignment is due, he/she needs to contact the course instructor to turn in the assignment early.  Laboratory assignments cannot be made up.  If a student misses a lab session, he/she needs to review that lab sessions and complete any questions that accompany the assignment.

MLAB 1415 – Hematology Learning Objectives

Cognitive Objectives

After attending lecture, reading the assigned materials, and completing all assignments and activities for this course, the student will be able to do the following:

1. Describe the significance of the field of hematology in relation to sickness and health.

2. Outline the components of hematopoiesis with respect to production, development, maturation, and differentiation of blood cells.

3. Explain Leukopoiesis, WBC differentials, and lymphocyte function.

4. Calculate indices and use these indices to identify the morphologies of cells and the conditions in which these morphologies correlate.

5. List the hemoglobins and explain how their levels correlate with diseases, disorders and carrier status.

6. Explain the principle of hemolysis and the laboratory diagnosis that corresponds to each type.

7. Summarize microcytic and macrocytic anemias describe the clinical significance and correlation with diagnosis of disease.

8. Examine the pathophysiology and laboratory tests used to diagnose normochromic anemias and biochemical, membrane and miscellaneous RBC disorders.

9. Examine the pathophysiology and laboratory tests used to diagnose normochromic anemias caused by hemoglobinopathies.

10. Examine the pathophysiology and laboratory tests used to diagnose abnormalities of White Blood cells that include quantitative, qualitative, and lipid storage diseases.

11. Examine the pathophysiology and laboratory tests used to diagnose acute leukemias, myeloproliferative neoplasms, lymphoproliferative disorders, related plasma cell disorders, and myelodysplastic syndromes.

12. Describe automation in the hematology and identify quality patient results.

13. Formulate a plan of action based on the troubleshooting scenarios presented.

14. Collaborate with students to analyze case studies.

Affective Objectives:

During this section, the students will exhibit the following professional behaviors, as evaluated in the Work Ethics component of this course:

15. The student will attend all lecture and laboratory sessions.

16. The student will perform all reading assignments, take his/her exams/quizzes, and complete all assigned didactic and laboratory activities independently, unless asked to work with a partner.

17. The student will demonstrate the honesty and integrity to perform these tasks, as expected, with emphasis on quality and timeliness.

18. The student will participate in discussions regarding honesty, integrity and responsibility, as they relate to legal and ethical issues in the clinical laboratory.

19. The student will demonstrate respect for his/her classmates, instructor, and all other students regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability.

Psychomotor Objectives:

After attending lecture and laboratory sessions and reading the assigned materials, the student will be able to:

20. Demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary utilized in this/these section(s) by completing all study questions and other assigned learning activities.

21. Collaborate on classroom discussions and question/answer sessions.

22. Resolve case studies based on the information presented.

23. Complete all laboratory activities and answers questions pertinent to the completed laboratory exercises and assess for appropriate diagnosis based on findings.

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Expected Student Behavior


Academic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the college rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by Amarillo College Board policies. Academic dishonesty shall include, but is not limited to, cheating on a test/quiz/assignment, plagiarism, and collusion. Cheating shall include:

• Copying from another student's test/assignment paper.

• Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test/assignment (ex: notes, books, etc).

• Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test/assignment without permission from the test/assignment administrator/instructor.

• Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an administered/unadministered test/assignment.

• The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the administered/unadministered test/assignment.

• Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self, to take a test/assignment.

• Bribing another person to obtain an administered/unadministered test/assignment or information about an administered/unadministered test/assignment.

Plagiarism shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work.

Collusion shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.

Students may not use books, computer websites, or collaborate with another individual when completing quizzes, exams, or assignments in this course unless specifically directed to do so by their instructor.


Amarillo College and the Medical Laboratory Technology program are committed to developing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors in students so that they can obtain entry-level employment and advance in their chosen profession. Great measures are taken to ensure that the curriculum is updated and that equipment is purchased and kept at industry level, as much as possible. Program Advisory committees meet annually to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of the local medical community as well as the program's national accrediting agency.

We are committed to providing these things to ensure that a graduate has the skills and knowledge to obtain and advance in their chosen profession. Therefore, professional education must address more than academic and skills training in order to meet this challenge. Business and industry state that their greatest need is for employees who possess strong work ethics. Therefore, we accept the challenge of providing not only academic and hands-on training but also work ethics training to students. The work ethics program is important because it provides the link between academic knowledge, skills training and successful employment in the workforce. The program focuses on those behaviors expected in a professional environment.

The following work ethics have been identified as being most important to professional employers, and will be covered and evaluated on a weekly basis, each semester, throughout the program:

• Attendance

• Character

• Teamwork

• Appearance

• Attitude

• Productivity

• Organization

• Communication

• Cooperation

• Respect

NOTE: If a student is absent during a scheduled lecture/lab period, he/she cannot be awarded points for work ethics during that missed lecture/lab period.

Phones and Smartwatches

Phones and smartwatches are disruptive during lecture and lab sessions. Phones and smartwatches should be turned-off during class time, or set on vibrate during class time. If the student anticipates an emergency during class time, they should leave the number for the Student Services Office with their contact. The number is 371-5300

Grading Criteria

The lecture and laboratory components of this course will be weighted as follows:

Lecture (55% of the total grade)





Lab (10% of the total grade)

Lab Experiments/Study Questions: Please note that if the lab has study questions associated with it, they will be due at the beginning of class/lab. Study questions are to prepare the student for the laboratory exercise. The student will not be permitted to participate in lab if they have not completed the study questions.

Lab Practical

Work Ethics (10% of the total grade)

0-10 points possible per class day

Points awarded will be based on ALL areas defined in the Work Ethics component of this course including: Attendance, Character, Teamwork, Appearance, Attitude, Productivity, Organization, Communication, Cooperation, and Respect. Failure to demonstrate positive work ethics in any of these components will result in points being deducted from the student’s work ethics grade. If the student is disruptive to the class or lab, they will be asked to leave for the remainder of the day, and will not be awarded points for work ethics.

Final Exam (25%)



Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. Attendance is included in the Work Ethic grade throughout the course which is a component of the overall grade for this course. Attendance includes arriving for class late and leaving early. Less than 90% attendance in a course may result in failure of the course. Students are required to notify faculty in advance of class absence.











Lab: Infection Control and Lab Safety


Ch 1: Introduction to Hematology and Basic Laboratory Practice

Introduction Padlet

Week 1 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Microscope



Exam 1 (Ch 1)

Ch 2: From Hematopoiesis to the Complete Blood Count

Ch 2 Homework due at the beginning of class

Lab: Manual RBC


Ch 3: Red Blood Cell Production, Function, and Relevant Red Blood Cell Morphology

Ch 3 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 2 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Manual RBC cont. and Manual WBC



Ch 4: Hemoglobin Function and Principles of Hemolysis

Ch 4 Homework due at the beginning of class

Lab:  Manual WBC


Exam 2 (Ch 3 & 4)

Week 3 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Manual Platelet



Ch 5: The Microcytic Anemias

Ch 5 Homework due at the beginning of class

Lab: Peripheral Blood Smear and Staining


Ch 6: The Macrocytic Anemias

Ch 6 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 4 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Peripheral Blood Smear and Staining



Exam 3 (Ch 5 & 6)


Lab: Manual Differential


Ch 7: Normochromic Anemias: Biochemical, Membrane, and Miscellaneous RBC Disorders

Ch 7 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 5 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Manual Differential



Ch 8: The Normochromic Anemias caused by Hemoglobinopathies

Ch 8 Homework due at the beginning of class

Lab: Manual Hemoglobin


Ch 9: Leukopoiesis, WBC Differential, and Lymphocyte Function

Ch 9 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 6 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Diff Project



Exam 4 (Ch 7 & 8)


Lab: Manual Hct & ESR


Ch 10: Abnormalities of White Blood Cells: Quantitative, Qualitative, and the Lipid Storage Diseases

Ch 10 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 7 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Diff Project



Exam 5 (Ch 9 & 10)


Lab: Manual Reticulocyte


Ch 11: Acute Leukemias

Ch 11 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 8 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Diff Project



Ch 12: Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Ch 12 Homework due at the beginning of class

Lab: Automation


Ch 13: Lymphoproliferative Disorders and Related Plasma Cell Disorders

Ch 13 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 9 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Diff Project



Exam 6 (Ch 11, 12, 13)


Lab: Mock Practical


Ch 14: The Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Ch 14 Homework due at the beginning of class

Week 10 Work Ethics Due Sunday at Midnight

Lab: Mock Practical



Review Day


Lab: Practical


Final Exam


Lab: Practical

This is a tentative course calendar. The instructor will always notify students if there is going to be a change in the calendar. It is the student's responsibility to check course announcements, course email, and/or GroupMe messages on a regular basis in order to be notified of any changes in the calendar.

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

07/08/21 12:47 PM

Last Edited on:

09/09/21 9:08 AM