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BIO1205 Pathology Clinical Placement 1

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences

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Examiner: Michael Kotiw
Moderator: Lois Higginson


Pre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1104


There is a need to provide students with opportunities that extend the academic learning environment and link into the professional world. This introductory course allows students to experience a professional working situation in a clinical pathology laboratory. Candidates will gain experience in and be made aware of the range of concepts, skills and knowledge required in an industrial environment while contributing to a specific workplace related project.


This course provides students with an opportunity to commence to apply their specialised subject knowledge and academic skills to a practical situation in order to prepare them to successfully work in a clinical pathology laboratory environment. It allows students to improve their learning by the application of the theoretical concepts and skills theories and graduate skills developed into a clinical laboratory setting and within a team environment. It will encourage a reflective approach to the development of their workplace skills. It is envisioned that the work experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects. Students intending to enrol in this course should communicate with the program coordinator well in advance of the first week of the semester in order for USQ Student Services to identify a suitable placement within a clinical pathology laboratory. The course is offered in S2.

Following discussion with the pathology laboratory industry partner and the course examiner, students are required to provide a detailed project outline that is to be submitted to the course examiner prior to commencement of the placement. Part-time students that are in employment may define a project in consultation with their employer and discussion with the course examiner. However, the project is to be unrelated to their usual workplace activities.

Students who enrol in this course cannot request an exemption based on grounds of professional experience. The normal workload for this course is attendance of 13 days per semester by arrangement with a prescribed pathology laboratory during the teaching period in which the candidate is enrolled.

1. Pathology Clinical placements
Pathology clinical placements are an integral component of the Bachelor of Health (Laboratory Medicine) program. The Pathology Clinical Placements enable students to gain practical experience in a workplace setting. However, as this is a workplace setting students must be aware of the privacy and confidentiality issues that are associated in such an environment. Students undertaking clinical pathology clinical placements must undertake Queensland Health Orientation training and sign deeds relating to placement requirements and privacy.
The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences will provide an orientation package for students relating to clinical placements. Students will be required to acknowledge that they have read the orientation package prior to commencing Pathology Clinical placements.

Students who attend Pathology Clinical Placement and found to breach the deeds will receive a fail grade in the course.

2. Queensland Health Clinical Placement guidelines and Checklist
QHealth provides a detailed summary of Clinical Placement Guidelines. You are required to have read this material and you must complete the 'Student Checklist'. The signed checklist must be handed in to the Faculty Office annually. The Guidelines and Student Checklist can be downloaded from the QHealth website

3. Deed Polls
These are found at the Q Health website under Supervision Placement. They consist of:
Placement Requirements
Privacy and Consent
Both of these must be signed, witnessed and returned to the Faculty Office prior to Clinical Placement. They are required to be signed once only during your student term.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. to grow and demonstrate an implementation of academic skills in a professional clinical pathology laboratory environment;
  2. to apply the concepts and theories of their academic studies to a professional workplace environment;
  3. to develop and demonstrate transition skills which will equip candidates to make a positive contribution to their workplace;
  4. to develop and demonstrate written and verbal workplace communication skills;
  5. to build and demonstrate an ability to work effectively as a member of a professional workplace team;
  6. to make a positive contribution to the goals of an organisation;
  7. to acquire the skills and responsibilities that allow them to be a productive and effective member of a workplace organisation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Expectations of a professional in a workplace 10.00
2. Other topics as negotiated between student, employer and course examiner. 90.00

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 10.00
Clinical Placement 96.50
Private Study 36.50
Project Work 5.00
Report Writing 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Final Report 60 60 17 Jul 2012
Project Proposal 10 10 17 Jul 2012
Reflective Diary 30 30 17 Jul 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete-Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete-Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. A Course Assignment Cover Sheet must be signed by the student and attached to all assignments submitted for assessment. Failure to do so may result in the assignment not being marked.

  3. For referencing used in written submissions for assessment, students are required to use the Harvard System. Information about this referencing style can be obtained from the USQ Library.

Other requirements

  1. ?Students must be willing to undertake and submit the requirements of the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland Health for clinical placement. These include: evidence of Hepatitis B immunity?.