Course Title: Advanced Laboratory Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Laboratory Medicine

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Denise Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7392

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.013

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisites: Advanced Laboratory Medicine-Haematology MEDS1110 Haematology 2; Advanced Laboratory Medicine-Transfusion and Transplantation Science ONPS2300 Transfusion and Transplantation Science 2; Advanced Laboratory Medicine-Cytopathology MEDS1125 Cytopathology; Advanced Laboratory Medicine-Histopathology MEDS1129 Histopathology 2; Advanced Laboratory Medicine-Clinical Biochemistry BIOL2139 Clinical Biochemistry; Advanced Laboratory Medicine-Medical Microbiology ONPS2118 Medical Microbiology 1.

Course Description

This capstone course has a vocational focus in a specific discipline of Laboratory Medicine. This course is taken as part of a major discipline stream in the final year of the program and is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to competently undertake investigations into a range of discipline specific diseases. A series of problem solving exercises examine the clinical presentation and laboratory investigation of a range of discipline specific diseases.

In addition, a laboratory based project will assist you to develop skills in biological research and scientific communication, including design and performance of experiments, analysis and presentation of experimental data, oral and written scientific reports that use these skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine degree program AQF9:
• PLO1. Knowledge capability (of discipline specific theoretical and applied concepts of normal health and disease, how to design, conduct and report a research project),
• PLO2. Technical capability (in laboratory skills in discipline specific areas and research techniques),
• PLO3. Professional work practices (by learning about assay development and validation; problem solving and critical analysis),
• PLO4. Communication skills (through participation in tutorials, written reports, oral and poster presentation and project report), and
• PLO6. Research capability (by learning how to design, carry out, analyse, problem solve and report either oral or written of research activities).

On completion of this course you should be able to:
• CLO1. Define at an advanced level the complex nature of events contributing to normal and abnormal disease states in your discipline.
• CLO2. Evaluate and perform laboratory techniques and instrumentation with respect to accuracy, precision, sensitivity and cross-reactivity.
• CLO3. Describe the clinical presentation of a variety of discipline based disorders.
• CLO4. Investigate an independent laboratory based project.
• CLO5. Apply proper laboratory practice regarding data collection and recording, laboratory safety, time and project management, experimental design, accuracy and precision, analysis and interpretation of results.
• CLO6. Analyse and interpret scientific literature, experimental data, prepare a minor thesis (literature review, materials and methods, results, discussion and bibliography).
• CLO7. Report findings of a laboratory based project in an oral seminar.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is a discipline-based course from a major stream that is designed to prepare graduates for a career in laboratory medicine, or to pursue postgraduate research in the discipline. The syllabus is covered in a program of lectures, tutorials, laboratory based project and seminar. Tuition is primarily based on problem solving exercises which are designed to extend theoretical knowledge and to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Preparation of a reference list and project outline, project work under the guidance of a supervisor, participation in laboratory meetings, seminars, writing and editing a minor thesis in consultation with supervisor, preparation of and presentation of a seminar and a poster.

Total study hours: 10 hours per week (120 hours per semester face to face contact) including lecture (2 hours), 1 hour tutorial and 7 hours practical class. Students are expected to do equivalent hours of independent study each week around each of their assessment tasks and for active revision of their course.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course uses a combination of:

  • Texts
  • Practical manuals
    Scientific journals
  • Internet based material/references 
  • Lecture notes/supplementary material available via Online@RMIT

You should obtain material appropriate to your individual topic, by discussion with your supervisors and by searching the appropriate data bases and literature eg: PubMed.

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 (Leaning & Teaching).

This course has hurdle requirements. Students need to Pass both the theory and practical project component to PASS this course.

Assessment tasks

Theory: 45%

Assessment Task 1: Final theory exam

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 2: Assignments (Morphology or Case Reports or Quizzes depending upon discipline)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Practical Project: 55%

Assessment Task 3: Literature review

Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLO 6

Assessment Task 4: Laboratory work (submission of lab notebook and supervisor assessment)

Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLOs 2 & 5

Assessment Task 5: Final project report

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 6: Oral presentation

Weighting 15%

This assessment supports CLO 7

Marking rubrics are available for oral seminar, literature review, laboratory work and final project report. Formative feedback is given to all students during the semester with assignments, literature review and discipline based quizzes.