Course Title: Introduction to Medical Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Medical Science

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge:

Students are expected to have completed the specified study of  Biological Principles (BIOL2365) and may be directed to amend their enrolment if this requirement is not met

Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the theory & laboratory techniques of the medical science disciplines Haematology, Immunology and Histology. You will gain basic laboratory skills in all three disciplines and learn how these techniques are used in the diagnosis of disease.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science:

1. Knowledge Capability: develop an understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of situations, including new situations within the professional discipline.

2. Technical Capability: the selection and use of appropriate laboratory and other materials and equipment and the ability to employ them in a safe and responsible manner to achieve the desired outcome. This will include the ability to follow standard operating procedures.

3. Problem Solving: apply scientific principles and methods to identify and solve problems associated with a particular area of professional expertise.

4. Communication Capability: This capability is being able to communicate by means of oral, written, symbolic and pictorial presentations to a wide range of audience types as well as an understanding of the systems of communication in science.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the range of disciplines that make up biomedicine
  2. make, stain and identify normal and abnormal blood smears
  3. use haematology equipment to count blood cell populations
  4. relate the concepts of immunology to range of applications
  5. cut and stain tissue samples for microscopic examination
  6. work cooperatively with others and present information

Overview of Learning Activities

  • Laboratory exercises: to give you skills in a range of biomedical and routine laboratory techniques
  • Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of haematology, histology, and immunology
  • Personal study: using text books, journal articles and online resources to reinforce and broaden your understanding of these subjects
  • Personal research: to become familiar with recent developments and discoveries in this area
  • Simulation, videos & class discussions: to reinforce key concepts and gain insight into issues raised by recent developments in these areas
  • Group work & peer teaching: to broaden your understanding of haematology, histology, and immunology

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no prescribed text for this course.

You will use the current laboratory manual for each practical class. You will need to access learning management system on a weekly basis to prepare for theory and practical classes. You will also need to read sections of the recommended textbook and may be referred to other resources available in the Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Histology Tissue Observation
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Online Quizzes x 3
Weighting 15% each total 45% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Haematology research project
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 5 & 6

Assessment 4: Immunology Q&A
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 6