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Laboratory Medicine Practice II (BMS432)

Organisational Unit Biomedical Science
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: UW1-placement
Description This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit, undertaken in a diagnostic pathology laboratory. Students will develop an understanding of the roles of the medical scientist in the professional setting, including the importance of ethics, confidentiality, codes of conduct, occupational work health and safety, and laboratory accreditation. Students will be subject to the rules and regulations of the host laboratory, supervised by laboratory staff, and be expected to comply fully with these requirements.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes and skills:
ULO1. Integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to the practices associated with the diagnostic clinical pathology laboratory.
ULO2. Effectively communicate your knowledge and experiences in a professional environment using a variety of formats, including written, verbal and/or online.
ULO3. Demonstrate knowledge and apply ethical conduct in the workplace and in the use of confidential information related to the workplace, including patient details and the data generated from pathology testing.
ULO4. Develop the capacity to critically reflect on your WIL placement experiences, from both personal and professional perspectives.
ULO5. Demonstrate graduate ('work ready') level of technical and procedural proficiencies within the diagnostic laboratory environment.
ULO6. Demonstrate professional attitudes and conduct within the diagnostic laboratory environment.
Timetabled Learning Activities 1. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placement: You will spend 12 weeks (60 days) in a NATA accredited diagnostic pathology laboratory. This placement is not guided by the standard semester structure at Murdoch University, but rather the requirements of the host laboratory.
2. Pre-WIL placement session: A series of information sessions will be held before commencing your WIL placement. These sessions will be held over two days and are compulsory.
3. Post-WIL placement session: Case study presentations, poster presentations (both assessment items for BMS Laboratory Medicine Practice I), and a feedback session will be conducted at the completion of the WIL placement period. These sessions will be held over three days and are compulsory.
Unit Learning Experiences The assessments for this unit have been designed to be applicable to the wide variety of opportunities that will be encountered. Your learning will be guided by the WIL Placement workbook and the assessment details in the unit outline. This unit is undertaken concurrently with BMS431 Laboratory Medicine Practice I. These WIL units, in conjunction with the clinical units in third year and the remaining units in semester 8, will help you prepare for work in a diagnostic pathology laboratory. Importantly, WIL provides an opportunity for you to make contacts and to develop networks with prospective employers.
Assessment This unit is graded as a Pass/Fail unit. To pass this unit you will need to successfully complete both of the following assessment items:
1) Online Forum Discussion: allows students to critically reflect on their WIL placement, and to share and engage with the experiences of others. Students will use the dedicated Learning Management System (LMS) for this unit to contribute to discussions.
2) Laboratory Supervisor Assessments: allow students to develop and demonstrate technical, communication and professional proficiencies/competencies in the diagnostic pathology laboratory environment.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BMS431 Laboratory Medicine Practice I and completion of
BMS322 Clinical Immunology or BMS325 Histopathology or BMS327 Diagnostic Genomics; AND any two units from BMS323 Clinical Biochemistry I, BMS324 Clinical Microbiology I or BMS326 Clinical Haematology I.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Murray Adams
Associate Professor in Haematology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6293
e: M.Adams@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.027 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: UW1-Placement
Associate Professor Murray Adams
Associate Professor in Haematology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6293
e: M.Adams@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.027 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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