Course Title: Professional Practice - Laboratory Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice - Laboratory Medicine

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MEDS2156

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter Roche

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7078

Course Coordinator Email: peter.roche@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment and via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students must have completed 144 credit points from the Master in Laboratory Medicine program or equivalent before enrolling this course.

 


Course Description

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


This course is intended to cover the areas of: knowledge capability (in various areas of laboratory medicine), technical capability in discipline related skills relevant to the laboratory of placement; communication skills (with professional co-workers and key users of the laboratory); professional work practices (in the day to day performance); and reflective capability (in completion of the Portfolio of Evidence of competency standards).


Students undertake a program of supervised professional practice in either a medical research, hospital or private pathology laboratory affiliated with the school, 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

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Master of Laboratory Medicine:
• Knowledge Capability (PLO 1)
• Technical Capability (PLO 2)
• Professional Work Practices (PLO 3)
• Reflective Capability (PLO 5)

 


On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Communicate accurate and relevant discipline specific knowledge
2. Show capability in discipline specific laboratory skills
3. Apply generic capabilities in a discipline specific context

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The main learning activity is this course is placement experience in an appropriate laboratory such as medical research, hospital or private pathology laboratory affiliated with the school. In general the activities on placement include the use of instrumentation employed in the laboratory and performance of routine techniques. Exposure to special techniques will be provided to allow students to appreciate their use in problem solving situations. Students will participate in the correlation, validation and interpretation of test results. Through this process they should acquire an appreciation of the value of clinical information, including patient histories and therapy, for proper interpretation of results. They should develop an understanding of medical terminology including standard abbreviations.


The completion of a portfolio of evidence will allow demonstration of knowledge and reflection on key competencies.

Students are offered a full-time placement position and are required to complete a period of 16 weeks placement. This 16 week undertaking is on the condition of 5 days per week and cannot be extended.  Extension due to sick leave, outside what is outlined in the Professional Practice Handbook, or exceptional circumstances that arise during placement, must be discussed with the course coordinator.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources available during this course include the resources of the laboratory or hospital for the placement and online resources such as myRMIT and RMIT library.

 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is based on a Professional Practice Portfolio, which includes a performance appraisal by the workplace supervisor; and a Laboratory Notebook.


Professional Practice Portfolio
Part 1: 25% Understanding workplace practice and structure:
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3

Part 2: 25% Professional approach to practice:
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3

Part 3: 25% Professional skills required for application of practice:
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Part 4: 25% Professional Practice Appraisal:
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3

Students are also required to keep a Laboratory Notebook to submit on a regular basis as evidence of their undertaking.

To pass the course, a pass must be obtained in each piece of assessment.  This is to ensure capability in the key areas of professional practice.