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BM1001 - Introduction to Biomedicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Medical Laboratory Science students

This subject explores the diversity of disciplines and options for students studying biomedicine with a particular focus on medical laboratory science. A focus of the subject is preparing the students as a professional scientist particularly within a tropical / regional context. An overview of the laboratory function is followed by teaching in professional ethics, research and quality assurance. An important component of the subject is pre-analytical variables and correct sampling technique with an introduction to patient-care communication. Students learn a variety of core practical skills relevant to a laboratory career including venepuncture, microscopy, slide making and pipette calibration/manipulation. The importance of sample packaging transport to IATA regulations is also covered. Clinical placement rotations may be available in clinical and research lab environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify career options in biomedicine;
  • Describe the clinical utility and function of each discipline with the medical laboratory;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and communication in laboratory practice;
  • Discuss quality assurance as it is relevant in laboratory practice;
  • Describe and identify causes of pre-analytical error in clinical testing;
  • Describe, interpret and communicate data using written and oral techniques;
  • Demonstrate techniques in a variety of lab-based skills;
  • Obtain knowledge in details of sample storage and transport..

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (60%)
  • Invigilated > Presentations - (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (10%)
  • Ongoing lab-based Prac Reports - (20%).


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Mrs Karen Reeks, Ms Julie Shepherd.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 34 hours lectures
  • 2 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.