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

Course Coordinator: Dr Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 56574

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.07B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites) 






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, online or blended (online & laboratory) project will assist you to develop skills and/or knowledge 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 and knowledge.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine):

  • PLO 1.  Knowledge capability
    Understand appropriate and relevant, theoretical concepts of scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply the knowledge in a wide range of problem solving, challenging and interpretative situations within the professional laboratory medicine discipline.
  • PLO 2.  Technical capability
    Ability to apply a range of diagnostic technologies and methodologies relevant to the fields of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Histopathology, Cytopathology or Microbiology. These methodologies will identify pathological changes which deviate from the normal physiological range, use logical and systematic thinking to solve problems with diagnostic techniques and procedures, and apply high level analytical skills to the chosen area of clinical laboratory specialization.
  • PLO 3.  Professional work practices
    Contribute to academic and professional work settings through responsible, self managed, independent work, interpersonal skills which support constructive interactions with individuals and teams, and understand the ethical and legal framework that underpins the field of diagnostic pathology.
  • PLO 4.  Communication skills
    Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups within the diagnostic laboratory environment, and by using a range of media in professional and academic settings.
  • PLO 6. Research capability
    Determine and critique the credibility of selected sources, information and of data generated/provided, and reflect on the chosen research processes. Organise information and data to reveal patterns and themes. Analyse information/data critically and synthesise knowledge to produce coherent understanding of this data.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define the complex nature of events contributing to abnormal disease states in your discipline.
  2. Evaluate and perform laboratory techniques relevant to your discipline and/or examine the medical literature pertaining to such techniques and determine the accuracy, precision, sensitivity and cross-reactivity pertinent to your assay.
  3. Describe the clinical presentation of a variety of discipline based disorders.
  4. Independently undertake a laboratory-based, online or blended (online & laboratory) project that investigates a topic of relevance to your given discipline.
  5. Apply proper scientific practice regarding data collection and recording, laboratory safety, time and project management, experimental design, accuracy and precision, analysis and interpretation of results.
  6. Analyse and interpret scientific literature, experimental data, prepare a minor thesis (literature review, materials and methods, results, discussion and bibliography) or systematic review/meta-analysis or other appropriate scientific paper/manual.
  7. Report findings of a laboratory based, online or blended 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 lectorials, tutorials, laboratory based, online or blended projects and seminars. 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 or online meetings, seminars, writing and editing a minor thesis in consultation with a supervisor and preparation of and presentation of a seminar.

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 (Learning & Teaching).

This course has hurdle requirements related to theory ONLY for the students in the Major - Transfusion and transplantation science the details of which are outlined in Part B .

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Literature review
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLO 6

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester Assessment
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Oral presentation
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLO 7

Assessment Task 4: Final project report
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 2, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 5: Lab report Assessment (HURDLE)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 6