BIO 124 Overview
Clinical Hematology

Spring 2012






Why take this course


Benefits of Online Learning

Successful Student Characteristics



Catalog Description

Basic principles and current clinical laboratory procedures used in the study of blood; emphasis on morphological and chemical changes in the disease processes. Prerequisite: CHEM 161.

Why take this course?

This course is designed to provide a background for students in laboratory science, anatomy and physiology, and allied health programs who are continuing their clinical training in professional and graduate programs.


Lectures, Labs and Exams

Enrolled students at the Sacramento State campus will attend lectures Mon and Wed, 4:30 - 6:20pm, in AIRC 1011 (studio classroom). All off-campus students will view synchronously via video streaming technologies on M and W, 4:30-6:20pm, from campus computer laboratories or at home using a high speed DSL or cable modem connection. Lectures will be presented during the first hour of the two-hour class period and laboratory preparatory information will be presented during the last half of the class period. The wet labs are offered from 8:30am - 5:00pm on March 3 or 4 or 10 AND April 21 or 22 or 28, 2012. All labs will meet on the Sac State campus in SQU 326. Midterm exams are scheduled on March 14, 2012 and May 2, 2012. The final exam is scheduled on May 14, 2012.



Students should be comfortable using a computer and willing to browse the Internet. This class requires online class participation in the Web assignments. In addition, RealOne Player software is required to view video streamed lectures and Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required for printing of class handouts. They can be downloaded free from the Web.

All students need access to a high-speed (broadband) computer connection to the Internet (campus network or a DSL/cable modem) and a SacLink account. Sacramento State students can access the Internet from one of the campus student labs if a personal high-speed connection is not available. On-campus students enrolled in BIO 124 must get a SacLink account by the end of the first week of classes. Off-campus students enrolled in the course will be assigned a SacLink account to access SacCT course activities.

Benefits of Online Learning

  • Increased Interaction with Classmates: Web-based communication tools can increase interaction among students by permitting group work that would be difficult to arrange if students had to meet in the same place at the same time.
  • Virtual Office Hours: Electronic communication between students and the instructor can increase the degree of interaction, since you can e-mail your instructor at your convenience, rather than find time to get to office hours or by phone.
  • The Web as a Resource: The World Wide Web has a wealth of resources from which you can learn a great deal to enhance materials presented by the instructor.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Students generally work full-time, many have family responsibilities, and many live far distances from campus. Being able to complete selected course material from home or work will help time-management for study.
  • Electronic Competency on the Job: The competence in dealing with electronic environments that you develop in this course will be of great value to you in your workplace.

Successful Student Characteristics

  • Discipline to complete projects by deadlines instead of waiting until the end of the semester.
  • Motivation to read, write, and particpate fully in class activities.
  • Time to devote approximately 8 hours a week to a 3-credit course.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Flexibility in dealing with technology problems. 


More information is available on Dr. Vines' homepage. You may contact the instructor via e-mail at


Send problems, comments or suggestions to:

California State University, Sacramento
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Updated: November 23, 2011