BMSC12002 - Work Integrated Learning 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On successful completion of this work integrated learning unit students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge attained in preceding and concurrent units to the professional work environment for the discipline area they are preparing to enter. This health industry practical experience allows students to interact with practicing professionals and to experience the work role which should further develop their technical skills.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Sciences and
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 and
BMSC11004 Introduction to Biochemistry OR BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry.

BMSC12003 Haematology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
2. Off-campus Activity 50%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Accreditation body review
Placement be extended to allow for an improved student learning experience
This unit (BMSC12002) and another 3 week placement unit (BMSC12005) were combined into a single 6 week placement (BMSC12005). BMSC12002 is now in teach-out mode, no new enrollments will be taken after 2018.
Action Taken
The unit was scheduled in error in 2019 however it will not be scheduled in 2020.
Source: Sonia system
No feedback received for 2019
This unit will be closed in 2020, no new enrollments.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and practical skills in a professional work role context
  2. Assess workflow within a medical laboratory, including management roles
  3. Explore quality assurance and quality control procedures
  4. Understand the ethical and legal considerations for patient data processing and storage
  5. Discuss the diagnostic process
  6. Develop communication and problem solving skills in the workplace

This unit provides the opportunity for students in the Medical Sciences (Pathology) degree course to learn key practical skills, apply the knowledge learned in the class and demonstrate competence in the practice of medical laboratory science. The unit is totally based in the workplace and both Internal and External students will be required to undertake 3 weeks (15 days) of placement in a designated pathology laboratory. The student will be offered a choice of geographical locations and preferred weeks for placement, but actual placement is dependent on availability.

This unit is offered to students in the second year of the pathology specialisation of the undergraduate course in medical science. It was developed in response to feedback from employers and the professional body that upon graduation students should be able to demonstrate a basic set of competencies recognised by employing private and public sector pathology laboratories. The learning outcomes have therefore been written in a broad context to allow flexibility within the actual placement.

Whilst the actual placement may vary slightly depending on the instrumentation, test profile offered by a particular laboratory and the training opportunities that present themselves, the student will be expected to adopt professional attitudes and undertake training as directed whilst under supervision. The areas of practical training and competence assessment during this period of clinical placement are aligned with theoretical units co-taught in term 1 of the 2nd year of the degree. This then supports learning and success in both directions; theoretical supporting placement and placement contextualising theory.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Off-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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