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Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed)

  • B1337BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/BACHELOR OF LABORATORY MEDICINE

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Title Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed)
Course Code B1337
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor Murray Adams | Email: M.Adams@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6293

Qualification Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) in Laboratory Medicine
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction Enrolment is subject to restriction due to constraints on unit enrolments.
Description Medical laboratory scientists routinely perform diagnostic tests using human or veterinary clinical specimens that may include blood, cellular aspirates, tissue biopsies, stool or urine. They are employed in both the public and private sectors at hospitals and pathology laboratories. They have a broad knowledge of disease processes and are skilled in the handling of patient material, clinical testing and the analysis of results in specific discipline areas such as biochemistry, haematology, immunology, microbiology, histopathology, diagnostic genomics and transfusion science.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
MLO 1 - Demonstrate a clear understanding of core concepts in Laboratory Medicine including knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, haematology, molecular genetics and pathology
MLO 2 - Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and core concepts of Laboratory Medicine, including:
a) An understanding of the scientific method and how it is applied
b) A systematic approach to problem solving using appropriate analytical and technical methods

SKILLS
MLO 3 - Develop medical diagnostic skills and be able to apply those to a range of applications in the field of Laboratory Medicine, including:
a) Ensuring the appropriateness of sample collection and reception procedures
b) Evaluating specimen suitability prior to analysis
c) Process specimens utilising appropriate techniques
d) Reading and validating test results
e) Assessing validity of data against a possible range of outcomes
f) Making decisions about reporting results, repeating procedures and carrying out further tests within established guidelines
g) Communicating results
h) Ensuring appropriate storage and disposal of samples, data and reports
i) Participating in laboratory maintenance
j) Preparation and storage of reagents and solutions
k) Respond appropriately to emergency situations
l) Compliance with the profession's code of ethics
MLO 4 - Develop written, oral and interpersonal communication skills demonstrating the capacity for efficient and effective communication of test data, information and arguments to peers and the broader community

APPLICATION
MLO 5 - Provide evidence of ethical behaviour including:
a) A demonstrated understanding of the ethics of Laboratory Medicine
b) Demonstrated academic and professional integrity
MLO 6 - Capacity to apply knowledge and skills in a global context
MLO 7 - Provide evidence of interdisciplinary thinking through:
a) Understanding that Laboratory Medicine is informed by a range of disciplines
b) Demonstrated capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries
MLO 8 - Demonstrate accountability for your own learning by:
a) Demonstrating a capacity to work under supervision and autonomously
b) Working effectively in team environments, including teams with intercultural and interdisciplinary diversity
c) Demonstrated capacity for critical reflection, including the capacity for lifelong learning.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements In order to commence the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine students must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) over their second and third year units.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Major Prerequisites

Students who achieved a final scaled score of 50 percent or more in Chemistry 3A/3B or Chemistry ATAR within the past three years should seek an exemption from their Academic Chair for CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry. Students who have completed previous chemistry not stated above should also consult their Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.

Course Structure - 96 credit points

Part I - 24 to 27 credit points

Year 1 - 24 to 27 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BSC150 What is Science? - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 18 to 21 credit points

BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO152 Cell Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 180 places), S2-internal

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Note: Students who are exempted from CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry may choose a General elective to make up the required points.

CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Students taking units from the Forensic Biology and Toxicology major will also need to take

CHE103 Introduction to Forensic Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Part II - 69 to 72 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Research Skills Units - 6 credit points

Select from the units recommended below. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Research Skills Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

BSC200 Research in the Physical and Life Sciences - 3 points
Not available this year

MAS223 Applied Statistics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

MAS224 Biostatistical Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

BIO388 Forensic Science and Miscarriages of Justice - 3 points
MURDOCH: W-internal

BIO394 Genetic Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO367 Forensic Toxicology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO246 Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS316 Parasitology: People, Pets and Wildlife - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS317 Human Pharmacology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Year 2 - 15 to 18 credit points

Core Units - 12 credit points

BMS218 Haematology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 80 places)

BIO282 Molecular Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS211 Medical Immunology and Molecular Genetics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS212 Medical Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Required Additional Study Area - 6 to 9 credit points

Select units from one of the following majors:

Biomedical Science Major - 9 credit points

BMS206 Biomedical Physiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO247 Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS212 Medical Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

OR

BMS316 Parasitology: People, Pets and Wildlife - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Forensic Biology and Toxicology Major - 6 credit points

BIO247 Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS213 Forensic Anatomy and Anthropology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Genetics and Molecular Biology Major - 6 credit points

BIO246 Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

OR

BMS212 Medical Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO247 Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 0 to 3 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 18 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

BMS321 Histology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 50 places)

BMS314 Pathological Basis of Disease - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Select one unit from below to be studied in Year 3 with the remaining two units to be studied in Year 4.

BMS322 Clinical Immunology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 25 places)

BMS325 Histopathology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 20 places)

BMS327 Diagnostic Genomics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 30 places)

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

BMS323 Clinical Biochemistry I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 25 places)

BMS324 Clinical Microbiology I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 48 places)

BMS326 Clinical Haematology I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 25 places)

Required Additional Study Area - 6 to 9 credit points

Select units from one of the following majors, which must be the same as the area chosen for Year 2 units.

Biomedical Science Major - 6 credit points

BMS314 Pathological Basis of Disease - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS315 Advances in Medical Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Forensic Biology and Toxicology Major - 9 credit points

BIO315 Bodies of Evidence - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO359 Forensic DNA Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO367 Forensic Toxicology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Genetics and Molecular Biology Major - 9 credit points

BIO356 Genetics and Evolution - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO394 Genetic Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO378 Systems Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 0 to 3 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 4 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 18 credit points

BMS431 Laboratory Medicine Practice I - 6 points
MURDOCH: UW1-placement

BMS432 Laboratory Medicine Practice II - 6 points
MURDOCH: UW1-placement

Select one unit from below to be studied in Year 3 with the remaining two units to be studied in Year 4.

BMS322 Clinical Immunology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 25 places)

BMS325 Histopathology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 20 places)

BMS327 Diagnostic Genomics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 30 places)

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

BMS423 Clinical Biochemistry II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS424 Clinical Microbiology II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS426 Clinical Haematology II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

In order to commence the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine students must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) over their second and third year units.

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