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




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.007B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


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.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

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

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

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.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the WIL coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

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 sucessful 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.


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 days of laboratory/professional practice experience over the two semesters of placement in the courses ONPS2471 Professional Practice in laboratory Medicine 1; ONPS2439 Principles of Professional Practice and this course. 

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 through RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS) 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

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 (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks   

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

Weighting 0%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (depends on the competency/ies submitted by individual students)   

Assessment Task 2: Performance appraisal  

Weighting 25%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6   

Assessment Task 3: Professional practice portfolio competencies (x7 competencies)  

Total Weighting for 7 competencies = 75%   

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6     

Hurdle requirement: The evidence provided for each of the competency standards must be satisfactory.