Course Title: Introduction to Laboratory Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Laboratory Medicine

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Rosita Zakaria

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7668

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.014A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introduction to laboratory medicine involving the various clinical laboratory disciplines and will involve an on-site / virtual experience in a diagnostic pathology laboratory. In addition, this course will help you with the transition to the RMIT learning environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Knowledge Capability (PL0 1)
  • Technical Capability (PL0 2)
  • Professional Work Practices (PL0 3)
  • Communication Skills (PL0 4)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the different disciplines in a diagnostic laboratory and some of the basic tests that they perform.
  2. Explain the total testing processes in a diagnostic laboratory; from patient to results.
  3. Develop and apply skills in information literacy and numeracy, study-learning, time-management and personal management skills.
  4. Employ and practice written and verbal communication skills, be able to work effectively in teams, and to contribute to debates on current issues in laboratory sciences.
  5. Identify and apply basic theoretical and practical skills including environmental impact of laboratory medicine, as well as ethical and safe practice (OH&S) in diagnostic laboratory.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will include a wide range of learning activities designed to stimulate an interest in both the general skills and discipline specific components. These will include self directed learning activities via pre-recorded screencasts and videos, online tutorials, laboratory practical sessions, workshops, presentations, an industry seminar and an onsite / virtual visit to a diagnostic laboratory. The course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS); Canvas.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will use online resources as its primary tool available via RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS); Canvas. These will be supported by notes and handouts where necessary.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Diagnostic Laboratory Procedure Assessment

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 2: Group Oral Presentation & Peer Assessment

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 3: Group Flyer & Peer Assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: E-Portfolio and Reflection

Weighting 40%

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