Course Title: Professional Practice in Laboratory Medicine 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice in Laboratory Medicine 2

Credit Points: 36.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2462

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email: genia.burchall@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2.19

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment or email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 

Prior knowledge:  Students must have successfully completed all courses from the first 2 years of the BP147 Laboratory Medicine program in order to be eligible to undertake professional practice.

This course is done in conjunction with:  ONPS2439 Principles of Professional Practice.

You will have the theoretical understanding and practical skills appropriate to being placed in a workplace setting allowing you to develop the professional skills appropriate to your program.


Course Description

 

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.

This course is conducted as a co-operative education sandwich course during which you undertake a program of supervised professional practice in either medical research or hospital or private pathology laboratory affiliated with the department, for the purposes of educating and training future diagnostic or research Medical Scientists.

 

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. 

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form

 

 

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. 

Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement.  These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.

Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

 

Placement Agreements:

Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place.  Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace.

 

National Police check:

Students are required to apply for a National Police Record Check in each year that a placement is to be undertaken.  In some cases students may be required to obtain an additional police check during the year where an organisation stipulates a shorter time period for the issue of the police check. 

Where a student has a disclosable outcome recorded on their police check certificate, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  It is important to note that a disclosable outcome may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Students are required to advise the School in a timely manner of any change to their criminal record during the academic year.  In the case of a change, students are required to apply for a new National Police Record Check if placements for that year are still to occur.

 

Working with Children Check:

A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student.  Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work.  Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance.  It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

 

Immunisation Declaration form:

Students are required to submit the School’s Immunisation Declaration Form as evidence of vaccinations and immunity.  This form must be completed and signed off by a medical practitioner.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

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

  • knowledge capability (PLO 1)
  • technical capability (PLO 2)
  • professional work practices (PLO 3)
  • communication skills (PLO 4)
  • reflective capability (PLO 5)
  • research capability (PLO 6)


 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Gather appropriate information.
  2. Select and use appropriate assessment techniques.
  3. Undertake or arrange investigations as appropriate.
  4. Analyse and critically evaluate the information collected.
  5. Know how professional principles are expressed and translated into action through a number of different approaches to practice, and how to select or modify approaches to meet the needs of an individual, groups or communities.
  6. Understand the need to establish and maintain a safe practice environment.

The outcomes are taken verbatim or modified from the UK based Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) portfolio.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

As you may be placed in a diverse range of laboratory settings it is not possible, or in fact desirable, to be too specific about the type of learning experiences that you might encounter. As guidance to supervisors your learning experiences should be designed to address the professional competencies articulated for Medical Scientists in Australia.

You are expected to complete 200 hours of laboratory/professional practice experience (within this course and concurrent placement course ONPS2439). In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources available during this course include the library resources of RMIT, plus the full resources of the organisation in which you are placed. The course will also have a myRMIT site (Program Blackboard) for the conduct of an online conference throughout the semester, and for the access of documents and learning materials related to the course.


Overview of Assessment

 

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

 

Early Assessment Task:  Draft/s professional practice portfolio competency/ies

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6 (depends on the competency/ies submitted by individual students)

Assessment Task 2:  Performance appraisal

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

 

Assessment Task 3: Professional practice portfolio competencies (X 6 competencies)

Total Weighting for 6 competencies = 75% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1-6