Course Title: Introduction to Medical Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Medical Science

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Biological Principles BIOL2365

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the theory & techniques of Haematology, Immunology and Histology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Objectives are for you to develop:
A1 initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice
A4 responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters

You will develop capabilities in the following areas:

  • Be able to make, stain and identify normal and abnormal blood smears
  • Be able to use haematology equipment to count blood cell populations
  • Be able to cut and stain tissue samples for microscopic examination 

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have an understanding of the range of disciplines that make up Medical Science 
  • Understand the concepts of Haematology, Immunology and Histology and their applications 

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:

  • Laboratory exercises: to give you skills in a range of biomedical and routine laboratory techniques
  • Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of haematology, histology, and immunology
  • Personal study: using text books, journal articles and the internet to reinforce and broaden your understanding of these subjects
  • Personal research: to become familiar with recent developments and discoveries in these areas
  • Group work & peer teaching: to broaden your understanding of haematology, histology, and immunology  
  • Laboratory visits: to experience working laboratories first hand and gain an insight into the Medical Science field

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no prescribed text for this course.
Students will use recommended textbooks and will be able to access lecture notes and additional learning material through the RMIT Blackboard system (access via myRMIT).

Additional reference material will be available from the RMIT library

Overview of Assessment

Asessments may include the following:

  • practical reports
  • written tests
  • online activities
  • industry reports
  • research assignments & presentations