BMSC14004 - Specialised Work Integrated Learning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This final work integrated learning unit builds on the knowledge, skills and professional behaviour developed during the course. Theoretical and technical knowledge will be applied to a professional work environment in a specialised field of diagnostic Medical Laboratory Science. You will perform technical skills and analyse the outcomes to meet the competency and skill required of an entry-level Medical Laboratory Scientist. You will perform, and reflect on, safe operations and quality management in the medical laboratory, with due regard for legislation, regulation and accreditation. Behavioural aspects of professional practice are emphasised and you are expected to reflect on your own communication, decision-making and team-work skills. Critical appraisal of performance will enable you to attain competency in your professional, technical and analytical skills.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BMSC14001 Integrated Pathology 1

BMSC14005 Preparation for Professional Practice in Medical Laboratory Science


BMSC14003 Integrated Pathology 2

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Portfolio 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%

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: Student feedback
Students appreciated the flexibility of the timing of clinical placements which allowed them to plan their workload.
Continue to allow flexibility where possible
Action Taken
This has been enhanced by scheduling the unit in all three terms and this will continue.
Source: Clinical Placement Supervisor feedback
The provision of a Supervisors Guide for the clinical placement supervisors was appreciated.
Continue to make the guide available with reviews and updates as necessary.
Action Taken
The Supervisor's Guide has been finalised and distributed to placement providers.
Source: Student feedback
The opportunity to include a Research Laboratory as an option for this placement was appreciated by the students.
Continue to allow the opportunity and to explore options for additional opportunities.
Action Taken
We continued to allow students to offset some of their placement hours in a research facility as appropriate.
Source: Accreditation Standard Review.
The placement hours required for accreditation have been increased from a total of 540 hours to 560 hours. This unit has been increased from 180 hour to 200 hours as a result.
Continue to work with our placement providers to ensure that students are able to meet this requirement.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of pathology, laboratory medicine procedures and quality management to practice in the clinical context
  2. Integrate and interpret laboratory data from various sources to solve problems, inform decisions and provide advice to other health professionals
  3. Behave professionally, consistent with safe practice, during interactions with clients and other health professionals
  4. Evaluate new, or adapted, laboratory protocols and procedures to enhance efficiency and efficacy of diagnostic testing in a medical science laboratory.

The learning outcomes achieved through specialised workplace learning are linked to the objectives of the accrediting body, Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio • •
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Portfolio
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books