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BM1001 - Introduction to Biomedicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and 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 demonstrate core laboratory skills for each discipline within a medical laboratory;
  • describe and identify causes of error in clinical testing and methods used for quality assurance;
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and communication in laboratory practice;
  • describe, interpret and communicate data using written and oral techniques.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Group
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; including at least 40% in the final theory exam; This typically requires passing all ongoing pieces of assessment; Practicals are assessed during the session; students must attend the session to obtain a mark



Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Dr Danica Vojisavljevic, Mrs Helen Morris.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 34 hours lectures
  • 2 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours specialised
  • 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.