Course Title: Professional Practice 1 - Laboratory Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice 1 - Laboratory Medicine

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Dodie Pouniotis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6680

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.010

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

All First and Second Year Courses (including electives) must have been successfully completed. In addition, students must have completed at least one major prior to undertaking professional practice placement.

Course Description

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

This course is conducted as a co-operative education sandwich course during which you undertake a program of supervised professional practice in either medical research or hospital or private pathology laboratory affiliated with the department, for the purposes of educating and training future diagnostic or research Medical Scientists.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the WIL coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Knowledge Capability (PLO 1)
  • Technical Capability (PLO 2)
  • Professional Work Practices (PLO 3)
  • Communication Skills (PLO 4)
  • Reflective capability (PLO 5)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to address the objectives below as evidenced by a portfolio of competencies and an appraisal by your laboratory supervisor/s:

  1.  Describe what is covered by occupational health and safety (OH&S), equal opportunity, professional duty of care, ethics, and the need for effective communication and team work.
  2. Discuss the importance of the workplace structure both in general and within your placement organisation and the roles and accountabilities of employees of this organisation.
  3.  Discuss the importance of, and be able to apply, sustainability concepts within the placement laboratory.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding and provide examples of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in the placement laboratory.
  5. Discuss internal Quality Control (IQC), external Quality Assurance (EQA) and total quality management (TQM) in medical laboratories, and explain accreditation procedures in relation to ISO15189.
  6. Discuss the application of medical informatics such as Laboratory Information System, Point of Care Test (POCT) and laboratory automation in a medical laboratory environment

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be supported by a few campus-based seminars before and during your placement period to help you attain the course learning outcomes.

You may be placed in a diverse range of laboratory settings.  Your learning experiences designed by your placement supervisors will address the professional competencies articulated for Medical Scientists in Australia.

You are expected to complete 100 days of laboratory/professional practice experience throughout the entire duration of your placement (in this course MEDS2187). In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources available during this course include the library resources of RMIT, plus the full resources of the organisation in which you are placed. The course will also have a myRMIT site through RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS) for the conduct of an online conference throughout the semester, and for the access of documents and learning materials related to the course.

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).

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Draft/s professional practice portfolio competencies

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (depends on the competencies submitted by individual students).

Assessment Task 2: Performance appraisal

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Professional practice portfolio competencies (X 7 competencies)

Total Weighting for 7 competencies = 80%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


Hurdle requirements: The evidence provided for each of the competency standards must be satisfactory. You have completed 100 days of placement during the entire duration of placement.