Course Title: Introduction to Laboratory Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Laboratory Medicine

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Rosita Zakaria

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7668

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.014A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introduction to laboratory medicine involving the various clinical disciplines, particularly Haematology and Blood Banking.  It involves a site visit to a diagnostic pathology laboratory for you to familiarise yourself with laboratory medicine disciplines. In addition, the course will help you with the transition to the RMIT learning environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the BP147 Laboratory Medicine Program:

  • Knowledge Capability (PL01)
  • Technical Capability (PL02)
  • Professional Work Practices (PL03)
  • Communication Skills (PL04)


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Have a clear understanding of the scope & importance of Laboratory Medicine, and of its potential applications and career options in Laboratory Medicine.
  2. Select and apply knowledge of established models and theories of scientific enquiry and methodology.
  3. Develop skills in information literacy and numeracy, study/learning and personal management skills.
  4. Develop communication skills (written and oral), be able to work effectively in teams, and to contribute to debates on current issues in biomedical science.
  5. Apply basic theoretical and practical skills including OHS & problem solving in the laboratory based investigation of patients with haematological and other abnormalities.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will include a wide range of learning activities designed to stimulate an interest in both the general skills and discipline specific components. These will include face to face lectures, tutorials, lectorials, oral presentations, laboratory practical sessions, industry seminar, self-directed learning, and an off campus visit to a diagnostic laboratory. The course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

You will undertake 2 hours per week of laboratory practical classes, 1-2 hours per week lectures/lectorials and 1 hour per week of tutorials. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will use online resources as its primary tool available via RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS) as well as a Laboratory Manual. These will be supported by notes and handouts where necessary.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Group Oral Presentation & Peer Assessment

Weighting 25% (20% group presentation & 5% Peer Assessment)  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4   

Assessment Task 2:  Discussion Paper (Essay)  

Weighting 25%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5   

Assessment Task 3: Group Poster  

Weighting 15%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4  

Assessment Task 4: Practical Case Report  

Weighting 35%   

This assessment supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5