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BIO2105 Pathology Clinical Placement 2

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Pathology Clinical Placement 2
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 : 060113 - Pathology
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Leanne Dooley


Pre-requisite: BIO1205


This course is the second of four clinical placement courses designed for students seeking a career as medical laboratory scientists. It follows on from Pathology Clinical Placement 1, which focussed on pre-analytical pathology, and introduces students to analytical pathology or the testing of patients’ specimens. This course provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge of haematology and/or medical microbiology and acquire new practical skills in a clinical environment supported by a team of laboratory professionals.


This course provides students with an opportunity to apply their specialised theoretical knowledge in a real world clinical setting in preparation for future employment in a pathology laboratory. Students undertaking this clinical placement will gain organisational, time management and practical skills as they observe and participate in the day-to-day running of an analytical pathology department. This course encourages a reflective approach to the development of the students' workplace skills and will enable the student to make valuable professional connections with laboratory staff, potentially enhancing future employment prospects.

Students intending to enrol in this course should communicate with the professional placements 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 S1.

The normal workload for this course is attendance of 18 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 placement guide upon enrolment.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate enhanced understanding of analytical procedures in specific disciplines of pathology and make positive contributions to workflow in the clinical pathology laboratory;
  2. develop and utilise organisational and time-management skills which will enable them to make a positive contribution to the goals of the organisation;
  3. develop and utilise practical laboratory skills 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 professional written and verbal workplace communication skills;
  5. employ safe work practices, and demonstrate a clear understanding of quality control and quality assurance procedures and the ethical and professional responsibilities associated with working in a pathology laboratory.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Expectations of a professional in the workplace 10.00
2. Topics as negotiated between student, industry partner, laboratory supervisor and course examiner

The topics included in Pathology Clinical Placement 2 will build on the student’s knowledge of clinical microbiology and/or haematology with hands-on practical experience in routine clinical microbiological and/or routine haematology procedures in a working clinical laboratory.

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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 135.00
Private Study 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Critical Analysis Report 60 60 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Online Quiz 10 10 26 Feb 2019 (see note 2)
Reflective Diary and Workbook 30 30 26 Feb 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Due within 3 weeks 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 (18 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 135 hours clinical placement.

  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. To complete the Reflective Diary students must attend 18 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 a student must achieve at least 50% for the Online quiz, attend the mandatory clinical placement and 50% of the total weighted marks available for 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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  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.