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BIO1205 Pathology Clinical Placement 1

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Pathology Clinical Placement 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010913 - Human Biology
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 27 June 2019


Examiner: Leanne Dooley


Pre-requisite: BIO1103
Co-requisite: BIO1104


This course is the first of four pathology clinical placement courses written for students seeking a career as medical laboratory scientists and is designed to extend the academic learning environment by linking into the professional world. This introductory course allows students to experience the day-to-day procedures involved in the collection and processing of patient specimens for laboratory analysis. Students undertaking this clinical placement will gain organisational and time management skills as they observe and participate in the routine workflow of a pre-analytical pathology department.


This course provides students with an introduction to pre-analytical pathology; specimen collection and processing, and precedes further clinical placements in the various analytical disciplines of clinical pathology. This course gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of pre-analytical pathology to a real-life situation in preparation for future employment in a clinical pathology laboratory. This course enhances student learning through the application of their theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting within a supportive professional team environment. This practical experience will encourage a reflective approach to the development of the students' workplace skills and enhance their understanding of work health and safety and professional conduct. This course will also provide students with the opportunity to make valuable professional connections with laboratory supervisors and staff that could enhance their future employment prospects.

Students intending to enrol in this course should communicate with the professional placement office well in advance of the first week of the semester so that the process of arranging a suitable placement with a pathology provider can begin. The course is offered in S2.

The normal workload for this course is attendance of 13 days per semester. The details of the clinical placement are negotiated by the professional placements officer to suit the student's requirements and the pathology provider's capacity to accommodate the student.

1. Pathology Clinical placements
Pathology clinical placements are an integral component of the Bachelor of Health (Medical Laboratory Science) program. The Pathology Clinical Placements enable students to gain practical experience in a workplace setting. However, as this is a clinical workplace setting students must be aware of the privacy and confidentiality issues that are associated with working in such an environment. Students undertaking pathology clinical placements must undertake Queensland Health Orientation training and sign deeds relating to placement requirements and privacy. The Students will be provided with a comprehensive clinical placements guide upon enrolment in this course.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate enhanced understanding of pre-analytical pathology and make positive contributions to workflow in the clinical pathology laboratory;
  2. develop and demonstrate organisational and time-management skills which will enable them to make a positive contribution to the goals of the organisation
  3. develop and demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively as an effective member of a professional team;
  4. illustrate a reflective approach to professional development and enhanced written and verbal workplace communication skills;
  5. employ safe work practices, follow laboratory protocols regarding patient confidentiality and demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with working in a pathology laboratory.


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 expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Clinical Placement 96.50
Private Study 48.50

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Critical Analysis Report 60 60 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Quiz 10 10 16 Jul 2019 (see note 2)
Reflective Diary and WorkBook 30 30 16 Jul 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Due within 3 weeks of completion of clinical placement
  2. Must be completed successfully no later than 3 weeks prior to commencement of clinical placement
  3. Students must complete all lab sessions (13 Days) to be able to complete the Reflective Diary and must also submit their completed and signed Clinical Placement Workbook

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. This course contains a mandatory 96.5 hours clinical placement.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment. To complete the Reflective Diary students must attend 13 days of laboratories.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in this course, a student must obtain at least 50% of the marks awarded for the Reflective Diary and Workbook and 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    All students who satisfy the requirements of the course will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Fail grade or an incomplete 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. 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’.